A New Jersey man was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday, after online users confirmed he had been at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot using facial recognition tools and photos that showed him wearing the same Philadelphia Eagles beanie he wore at the riot.
Lee Giobbie, a 40-year-old financial adviser from Eastampton, has now been accused of several federal crimes, including felony charges of civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding, reports NBC News.
Giobbie was one of the first rioters to reach the central steps of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, where he led chants of “stop the steal” before directing the violent mob, according to an FBI affidavit.
“Move the gates,” he yelled through a bullhorn, referring to the barricades on the east side of the Capitol. “Push, push, push, push!” he was later recorded shouting, as the mob broke through a police line.
Federal authorities allege Giobbie physically helped breach the building as well, pushing through the east doors and leading people into the rotunda.
Once inside the Capitol, Giobbie was only briefly detained by an officer before leaving on his own through the west side of the building, the affidavit adds.
He was first identified by online sleuths in 2022, and one of the key identifiers was a green throwback Eagles beanie he wore during the riot. It was linked to a 2020 family photo which was posted just a few months before Jan. 6, showing Giobbie and his family at a pumpkin patch.
The FBI cited help from confidential human sources, as well as a mole on Giobbie’s cheek that came up in photos from the riot, which allowed facial recognition software to confirm the match.
He becomes one of the roughly 1,250 people who have now been arrested by the FBI for their role in the Jan. 6 attack. So far, around 900 have pleaded guilty.