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WAKE COUNTY: ‘Stephen Ignoramus’ charged in U.S. Capitol riot

Published: Feb. 1, 2021 at 12:33 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2021 at 2:47 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - A Wake County man, who federal authorities say broadcast live from inside the U.S. Capitol riot under the name ‘Stephen Ignoramus’, has been arrested.

The FBI today charged Stephen Baker, of Garner, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The 33-year-old Baker was nabbed by FBI agents from Raleigh and is the first person arrested in the state for the January 6th riot.

According to a federal complaint, the FBI said they received at least four tips about a person using the ‘Stephen Ignoramus’ name live-streaming video from inside the Capitol.

The video was streamed to Youtube and several other social media sites, according to the complaint.

On the live-streamed video, which has since been removed, the man told someone he had been inside “for about an hour”.

The video ended up on several networks, including CNN two days later.

The federal complaint says one of those tipsters provided the FBI with Baker’s name and phone number.

At least 150 people so far have been charged with the attack on the Capitol.

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