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Bryan Betancur biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Silver Spring, Maryland

Bryan Betancur

Bryan Betancur

Bryan Betancur is from Maryland, United States. He is a self-professed white supremacist who has voiced homicidal ideations.

Betancur was associated with The Gideons International, an evangelical Christian association founded in Wisconsin, USA in 1899. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Maryland particularly in Silver Spring and Owing Mills. (a)
  2. He also goes by Bryan Clooney and Maximo Clooney. (b)
  3. He has voiced support for James Fields, the individual convicted for killing an individual with his car during protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. (b)
  4. He has stated he wanted to run people over with a vehicle and kill people in a church but subsequently stated that he had changed his mind about hurting people. (b)
  5. In 2018, he was convicted of fourth-degree burglary in Baltimore County, Maryland. After his release from the conviction, he repeatedly violated the terms of his parole and probation. (a) (b)
  6. In November 2020, he was released from custody for a previous violation of his probation and lived with his mother. Under the terms of his probation, he wears a global positioning system (GPS) enabled monitoring device. (b)
  7. In December 2020, he requested permission to go to Washington, D.C., USA. (b) On December 15, 2020, he posted a photo of himself on Instagram and wrote, “Truth is what really matters!” (c)
  8. On January 4, 2021, he reiterated his request to travel to Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 via a text message. (b)
  9. On January 5, 2021, he went to the Parole and Probation office in person and made a formal request to travel to Washington, D.C. to the supervisor of his probation officer, a Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services employee. The purpose he said was to distribute Bibles with The Gideons International. He previously received similar permission to go to Washington, D.C. with the same organization. His request was approved. (b)
  10. On January 6, 2021, he travelled from Silver Spring to Washington, D.C. and from around 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., he was in the vicinity of the U.S. Capitol building. That day, Donald Trump supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. He was photographed wearing a Proud Boys shirt while holding up a Confederate flag that day. (b)
  11. On January 8, 2021, his probation officer contacted Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Alexis Brown. He confessed his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 to his probation officer but later recanted it, the latter told Brown. (b)
  12. Brown filed a criminal complaint against him, which was assigned to U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather on January 15, 2021. (b)
  13. He was arrested on January 17, 2021 in Maryland. He was charged with being in restricted buildings or grounds, unlawful activities on U.S. Capitol grounds, disorderly conduct and unlawful activities on Capitol grounds, parades, assemblages and display of flags. (d)

(This is a developing story. More details will be added.)


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