Who is Edward Jacob Lang? New York man arrested after outing his participation in Capitol riots online
Lang posted several photos of himself in Washington DC among the crowd that had gathered outside the Capitol building on January 6
A New York man has been arrested by the FBI for his alleged role in the failed insurrection attempt at the US Capitol on January 6 after he posted multiple times on social media about his involvement in the riots. 25-year-old Lang was arrested at his home in Newburgh, on Saturday, January 16th, and has been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees, civil disorder, accessing a restricted building or grounds, and violent entry or disorderly conduct, according to federal authorities.
The arrest was notified to the public via the FBI's New York branch's Twitter account, which tweeted the statement that read, "Decisions have consequences." The statement continued, "Edward Lang is in custody for the ones he made during the assault on our Capitol."
ADIC Sweeney's statement following Edward Lang's arrest for his role in the riot and assault on the Capitol building:— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) January 16, 2021
We will continue to track down and hold accountable those who attempt to violently subvert (our Nation's Constitution).
Full statement below pic.twitter.com/krOwMuf2rb
In one of his many posts to his social media accounts which have since been removed, Lang posted a picture of himself at the Capitol with the words "THIS IS ME" emblazoned across it, according to reports.
According to River Reporter, Lang also posted several photos of himself in Washington DC among the crowd that had gathered outside the Capitol building on the day of the riots. He also posted a video of himself, blood on his face, saying into the camera, "I ain't done yet." The video then showed the Capitol building's front steps where the crowd appeared to be engaged in a violent standoff with the authorities.
In another post, he accused the Capitol City police of murder, writing, "This is an act of war by tyrants against the American people. This is only the beginning." On the morning of the riots, he had posted a video to Facebook of him riding in a car and saying "MAGA morning." He was also chanting "It ain't over yet."
The River Reporter notes that Lang is the son of Sari Lang of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Ned Lang of Narrowsburg, New York, who are divorced. Ned Lang was formerly a council member for the town of Tusten, according to The Sullivan Times.
The Sullivan Times also reported that Lang had taken to Twitter to post, "I watched a woman die yesterday in front of my eyes. I saved two others from being trampled and suffocated by Capitol Police. They murdered her and tried to murder many many more." In the same post, he wrote (in text over his photo) that he was shot "with a lethal round in the foot" and that it is shattered in multiple places, "stitches in my skull, deep cuts over my entire body - for freedom and liberty and to defend the American Constitution."
The New York Post also reported that Lang was pictured in a video posted to an unspecified Twitter account, and when asked what "happens next," Lang responded, "Guns. That's it. The First Amendment didn't work, we pull out the Second."
The Sullivan Times also reported that Lang's mother, Sari Lang, has a Facebook page with many posts regarding the false allegations that the election was stolen from Trump. In one post, she had written, "Why can the Democrats incite violence w/o condemnation & accountability! Impeach them all! Remove their right to post on social media! Do you see the f**king hypocrisy!”
According to The New York Times, Lang was a witness to the trampling of a woman who was among the crowd of pro-Trump supporters. The woman, Rosanne Boyland, was one of the five casualties of the Capitol Hill riots.