Athanasios Zoyganeles: FBI finds Capitol rioter via 'very creepy video' on Facebook

The man from Illinois has been charged with four misdemeanor counts for allegedly joining the mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol building on Jan 6, 2021


                            Athanasios Zoyganeles: FBI finds Capitol rioter via 'very creepy video' on Facebook
Athanasios Zoyganeles admitted to being present at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021 (Department of Justice)
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An accused Capitol rioter was taken into federal custody this week after he reportedly posted "a very creepy video" on Facebook, which showed him asking, "Nazis, where are you?" as he rifled through congressional offices during the January 6 insurrection. Athanasios Zoyganeles, the Chicago-based rioter, apparently moved to Florida ever since he stormed the US Capitol building. Zoyganeles has been charged with four misdemeanor counts for allegedly joining the mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol offices.
 
In the charging affidavit, prosecutors said a tipster alerted them about the posts on Zoyganeles’ Facebook page, including the “very creepy video of him in the Capitol asking, ‘Nazis, where are you?’." The informant further described how the video showed Zoyganeles appearing to go through congressional offices and saying, “Let’s clean up,” as he and his fellow members of the mob rifled through books and files.

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FBI subsequently found more posts on Zoyganeles’ Facebook timeline that showed him at the Capitol building as well as messages that depict the discussion of his plans to travel to DC. On the day of the riot, Zoyganeles also responded on Facebook to someone asking whether he is okay, “No, I rushed the capital [sic] and lost everyone I was with.” He also wrote, "If the people have to come back. They will bring their guns and they won't finish until all theses (sic) corrupt people are removed.”
 
On the day after the riot, he claimed that “Antifa… was let into the capital by the crooked police." WUSA 9 reports that since the riots, Zoyganeles moved to Florida and has continued to claim that Antifa was behind the January 6 attack and has indulged in sharing misinformation about Trump’s election fraud claims and Covid vaccines through publicly available posts on Facebook.
 
One of the posts from January 6 also read, “True story I was there," and a second one read, "The Second Amendment [sic] gives us the right to fight against a tyrannical government fact." As of Tuesday afternoon, the bio on his Facebook page read, "Biden is not my President. It is a coup by our own government. #TheTruth!!!!!"

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