We’ve all had our fair share of awkward dating app conversations, but there aren’t many who can say their chat has led to their arrest.
But a man accused of participating in the January US Capitolriots was caught out after bragging on a dating app about allegedly being there.
Robert Chapman, also known as Robert Erick, was arrested after he told a Bumble match: “I did storm the Capitol,” according to court filings.
“I made it all the way into the Statuary Hall!” he added, and his match duly reported him and told him: “We are not a match.”
On 6 Jan, the US Capitol in Washington was stormed by supporters of Donald Trump wishing to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election. More than 140 people were injured in the storming and five died.
Around 400 suspects have been arrested in connection to the event now, and if any more are like Chapman in terms of their social media presence, perhaps more yet will be arrested too.
If telling a stranger on the internet about committing a crime wasn’t risky enough, the Trump supporter also posted photos of himself in the Capitol on Facebook, with the polite caption: “I’M F*CKIN INSIDE THE CRAPITOL!!”
Ah. Turns out there’s a reason people are advised to be careful about what they post online.