A man who lifted his shirt
during the Capitol riot
was apprehended after investigators recognized his distinctive "KING JAMES
" belly tattoo
, which happened to match an old police
James Burton McGrew
was arrested in Glendale, Arizona
, on Sunday on charges of entering restricted grounds without lawful authority, impeding government business
, engaging in violence on restricted grounds, and obstructing law enforcement.
agent asserted in an affidavit filed last week supporting a warrant for McGrew's arrest that McGrew can be seen in social media
and police body
camera videos of the Jan. 6 insurgency both outside and inside the Capitol, including the Rotunda.
According to authorities, McGrew lifted his shirt to wipe his eyes in one police bodycam video, exposing the stomach tattoo, which was on file from a booking photo taken during a 2012 arrest on unspecified charges.
During the Trump
mob violence, McGrew confronted police officers, yelling, "We're coming in here, whether you like it or not," and "Fight with us, not against us," according to the affidavit.
PROTIP: When storming the US Capitol
, avoid flashing your “KING JAMES” belly tattoo in front of a police body camera, especially if your belly tattoo has previously been photographed in a booking photo. James McGrew was arrested in Arizona over the weekend: pic.twitter.com/qLF1AgCyLB — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) June 1, 2021
During the mob's clashes with law enforcement inside the Rotunda, photos
included in the FBI affidavit show McGrew lunging to strike a police officer, and he's accused of striking police twice and attempting to take an officer's baton.
According to the affidavit, a tipster identified McGrew to the FBI the day after the riot, and that person said McGrew revealed he planned to travel to Washington
on Jan. 6 to "protest
" the "stolen vote." A second person also contacted authorities after seeing McGrew in photos.
In the months since the Capitol attack
, more than 400 defendants have been charged, and hundreds more arrests are expected as authorities comb through tips and images from the riot.