A US radio host has been arrested by the FBI for stealing a police officer's baseball cap during the storming of the US Capitol after he wore it on his YouTube channel.
Darrell Neely, who works for Global Enlightenment Radio Network, allegedly wore the cap on a live stream of one of his broadcasts and bragged to employees about taking it and other items during the storming of the building on January 6.
Neely was arrested on Monday following witnesses claiming he took multiple items, including the officer’s belongings and china plates.
The witnesses, who all worked for the same media outlet, told the FBI that they spoke to Neely through Facebook Messenger and video calls on the day the Capitol building was sieged.
According to the FBI’s affidavit, the first witness saw Neely display china plates and insinuated they were from the Capitol building.
He also showed the witness a police jacket.
The FBI was also watching Neely wearing the stolen baseball hat during a video broadcast on his YouTube page.
Reports say the officer whose belongings were stolen has been identified by the FBI and said he removed the items during "decontamination from lacrimal spray".
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However, he was unable to find them when he tried to locate the items later that day.
Neely was interviewed by the FBI on two separate occasions over his presence at the Capitol that day.
He told them he was there to cover the events of the show as it was "newsworthy".
The affidavit states: "During the interviews, Neely stated he went to the Capitol to film the events because he felt the events were newsworthy. He also admitted to entering the U.S. Capitol building. Neely showed the interviewing agents several videos on his cell phone that he had taken during the events."
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Neely was photographed inside the building and he was alleged to be smoking a marijuana cigarette.
He was identified through a tip-off of open-source video footage and surveillance in the Capitol building.
Neely faces five charges of theft of government property, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct inside a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
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