A 28-year-old man, who was arrested for violating a curfew order in Chicago, has incriminated himself with videos on his own Facebook showing him supplying homemade bombs to rioters in both Chicago and Minneapolis to throw at police officers. He now faces federal charges:
Here’s more from The Register-Mail:
A Galesburg man arrested in Chicago over the weekend had homemade bombs in his car and had been seen on videos posted on the internet participating in the looting and rioting in Minneapolis and Chicago, according to federal charges filed Monday.
Matthew Rupert, 28, of Galesburg, was charged in U.S. District Court in Minnesota with inciting a riot and possession of an explosive device, court records show.
Rupert was arrested by Chicago police early Sunday after allegedly violating the mayor’s emergency curfew order. Police found several homemade explosive devices in his car, according to a seven-page criminal complaint. Officers also found a hammer, a “heavy-duty” flashlight and cash, the complaint alleged.
Rupert will likely have an initial appearance at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on Monday, when a judge could order his removal to Minnesota to face the charges.
According to the complaint, Rupert posted a messages on his Facebook account on Thursday saying he was going to Minneapolis to protest the police-involved death of George Floyd and wanted “goons” to join him.
The next day, he posted a two-hour livestreamed video of himself participating in the protests and violence that erupted in Minneapolis. During the video, Rupert could be heard and seen encouraging others on video to throw bombs at the police, appearing to light a building on fire, and actively damaging property and looting businesses, according to the complaint.
“Light that bitch and throw it at them,” Rupert said at one point to another person, who lit a device and threw it in the direction of police, according to the charges. Moments later, an explosion is heard in the video and Rupert repeatedly yells, “Good shot, my boy!” as well as “F— 12,” a derogatory reference to law enforcement, the complaint alleged.
On Saturday, Rupert posted a message saying he was on his way to Chicago. Two hours later, he began posting multiple videos of himself participating in violent acts downtown, including saying things like, “Let’s start a riot” and “I’m gonna start doing some damage,” the complaint alleged.
On one video, Rupert could be seen walking with other people at Dearborn and Van Buren streets — directly across from the Dirksen building. He later could be seen entering a store and searching the empty cash register and going into a convenience store that had been broken into and putting cigarettes and other merchandise in his backpack, according to the charges.
Several associates were with Rupert when he was arrested, including his live-in girlfriend who confirmed that he’d traveled to Minneapolis “in order to riot,” the complaint alleged.
Also arrested was his brother, Christopher Rupert, 29, authorities said. He was charged with reckless conduct and disorderly conduct and appeared in bond court at 26th and California on Monday. A judge released him on his own recognizance.
I looked to see if anyone connected Rupert to Antifa and so far that doesn’t seem to be the case. What does seem apparent at this is one of the anarchists Trump was talking about the other day, when the Trump-hating PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor claimed Trump gave no evidence for his claim that anarchists were at work here.