A boastful man who was arrested after bragging about his exploits during the January 6 uprising at the United States Capitol on the dating app Bumble will avoid jail time after being convicted for his role in the riot, officials said.
Robert Chapman, a 51-year-old Putnam County resident, was arrested in 2021 after bragging about his involvement in the January 6 uprising in Washington, D.C., admitting he was there and he traveled to Statuary Hall for a possible match on the popular date app.
“I stormed the Capitol (sic)… Made it all the way to Statuary Hall! … Did an interview with Robert O’Morrow of the Washington Post … Also did an online interview with Jess Brevins of the WSJ,” Chapman reportedly said.
The other Bumble user was unimpressed, simply stating “We’re not compatible” before handing Chapman over to feds. Chapman was arrested in April 2021 in his hometown of Carmel.
On Wednesday, May 18, a judge sentenced Chapman to three months of house arrest, followed by 18 months of probation for knowingly entering or remaining in a building or restricted land without lawful permission and for violent entry and disorderly conduct on the ground. of the Capitol.
Chapman pleaded guilty on December 16, 2021.
In addition to his probation and house arrest, Chapman was also ordered to pay $500 restitution and a $742 fine.
According to the FBI, Chapman was caught by a body camera worn by Capitol police during the riot, and cellphone photos of him were shared by tipsters.
The FBI was also alerted to a Facebook post a day after the attacks in which a user shared an image of a suspected Chapman inside the Capitol wearing the same jacket and multicolored bandana as he sported in previously shared police images.
According to the complaint, Facebook user Lisa Jeanne Vunk said, “My dear friend and BroStar Robert arrived at the Capitol during the protest yesterday… Woo Hooooooooo!!!!”
In those comments to the Facebook post, someone using the name “Robert Erick,” believed to be Chapman, responded to some who were critical of his involvement in the riot.
“Lisa Jeanne Vunk are they your peers? Colleagues? They are a bunch of little b—h trolls. Keyboard warriors doing nothing (expletive deleted).”
This same account also posted on the day of the riot stating “I AM (expletive deleted) INSIDE CRAPITOL!!!” and included several photos of him inside the Capitol.
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