Daniel Alan Baker is a former soldier from Florida, United States. He made numerous violent threats to people he claims are white supremacists and fascists and U.S. citizens whose ideologies were different from his.
In addition, Matthews has promoted the killing of U.S. military officers. While he is an anti-government and anti-police leftist, he was infuriated by the U.S. Capitol riot in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021.
Matthews was accused of trying to organize an armed response to Donald Trump‘s supporters who were expected to protest at the Florida State Capitol on January 17, 2021. He was allegedly using social media to recruit people in a plot to encircle protesters and trap them in the capitol.
In 2020, Matthews participated in several Black Lives Matter and anti-police protests in various parts of the U.S. including Nashville, Tennessee and Seattle, Washington. Here are 13 more things about him:
- In 2006, he joined the U.S. Army as an airborne infantryman. (a) In the same year, he registered as a Republican in Palm Beach County, Florida. (b)
- In 2007, he went absent without leave (AWOL) before being deployed to Iraq so he was dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Army. From 2007 to 2017, he was homeless and largely unemployed. During that time, he mainly resided in Tallahassee, Florida and worked occasionally as a security guard. (a)
- In 2008, he joined the Green Party. (b)
- In 2014, he registered to vote in Leon County, Florida. (b)
- In 2016, he switched to no party affiliation. (b)
- In 2017, he joined the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a group fighting in Syria against ISIS and the Turkish government and a sub-affiliate of Kurdistan’s Working Party (PKK), which the U.S. government has designated a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). He trained members who attended the YPG international academy on military and defensive tactics. In April 2019, he went back from the Middle East to the U.S. (b) He discussed his decision to fight in Syria in a Webflow article published on October 13, 2020. (c)
- In February 2020, he became a Democrat. (b)
- In October 2020, he and an artist moved into a brick apartment in Tallahassee, which is owned by a blind woman named Susanna Matthews. (b) On October 8, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified that he was threatening the use of violence in the U.S. and was using social media to recruit and train like-minded individuals in furtherance of his anti-government anti-authority violent extremism ideology. (b)
- He applied to the emergency medical technician (EMT) program of the Tallahassee Community College (TCC) but he did not have enough money to fund his future EMT course so he tried to ask help via GoFundMe. In November 2020, he wrote, “I swear on god yall if I can’t raise this money I will start robbing the rich and pedophiles too. This is my last fundraiser before I commit to organized crime.” (a)
- He was quiet, well-behaved and considerate of his fellow tenants in his apartment in Tallahassee and he paid rent on time, according to Matthews. She described him as a kind, conscientious, very intelligent, very well-read and well-spoken person and a model tenant. The landlady added that he volunteered for the homeless and other causes, taught Yoga and helped her bring in groceries and take out the trash. (b)
- He posed with various of firearms in YouTube videos. In one video he posted on January 8, 2021, he said, “There will be no faith in law enforcement until every single department is shut down and replaced by new faces.” In another video he posted on January 14, 2021, he called for an attack on armed racists who threatened violence at all 50 state capitol buildings in the U.S. (b)
- FBI special agent Nicholas Marti filed a criminal complaint against him, which was assigned to U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles A. Stampelos on January 14, 2021. (a)
- On January 15, 2021, FBI agents and Tallahassee Police Department officers arrested him at his apartment in Tallahassee. He was charged with transmission in interstate commerce of a communication containing a threat to kidnap or to injure. (a) He was 33 years old when he was arrested. (b)
(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)