A former U.S. Army soldier and alleged Antifa member from Tallahassee angered over the siege of the U.S. Capitol was arrested by the FBI after issuing a call to arms for a violent attack on protesters Sunday at Florida’s Capitol.
Daniel Alan Baker, 33, was arrested Friday on a federal charge involving transmission of a threat to kidnap or injure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida announced in a news release.
“Baker issued a call to arms for like-minded individuals to violently confront protesters gathered at the Florida Capitol this Sunday,” federal prosecutors said. “He specifically called for others to join him in encircling any protesters and confining them at the Capitol complex using firearms.”
On Thursday, Baker posted an 18-second video on his YouTube channel showing him print out fliers with the headline, “CALL TO ARMS JANUARY 20TH!”
The flier said “armed racists” planted the Confederate flag in the U.S. Capitol and that they would continue to wage an armed coup of every statehouse in the country, including the Capitol in Tallahassee.
“We need ALL FLORIDA RESIDENTS to RISE UP!” the flier said. “Here in Florida we must circle the terrorists who attack the Capitol! Let them take the capitol and fight with the cops. SURROUND THEM AND TRAP THEM INSIDE.”
The flier said “Tally residents,” including combat veterans, have “answered the call to arms.”
“We will protect Capitol RESIDENTS and CIVILIANS from armed racist mobs with EVERY CALIBER AVAILABLE,” the flier said. “This is an armed coup and can only be stopped by an armed community. If you’re afraid to die fighting the enemy, stay in bed and live.”
The FBI was informed Oct. 8 that Baker was threatening violence and using social media to “recruit and train” others to advance his “anti-government or anti-authority violent extremism ideology,” according to the criminal complaint.
A couple of weeks before the general election, Baker posted on social media, “God I hope the right tries a coup Nov 3rd cuz I’m so f—— down to slay enemies again.”
“Baker, who actively participated in multiple protests throughout the United States last summer, has used social media as a way to promote, encourage and educate his followers on how to incapacitate and debilitate law enforcement officers,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Baker posted more than 80 videos on his YouTube channel, most over the past year. The videos included footage of protests, military and martial-arts training and overseas combat. Some of his most recent videos included a bootlegged Lincoln Project ad attacking Sen. Rick Scott and a clip from an Amazon show about Nazi hunters.
Baker was arrested with assistance from the Tallahassee Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. If convicted, he faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
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