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Three more Illinoisans arrested for alleged involvement in Capitol riot

Friday, Jan 29, 2021

* John Seidel on Wednesday

Federal authorities have arrested an Illinois man who allegedly appears in a TikTok video fighting with members of the National Guard outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 breach of the building, records show.

Mathew Capsel, who apparently uses the moniker “Mateo Q Capsel” online, was arrested Tuesday, according to the Justice Department. He is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted area and resisting law enforcement.

The feds say Capsel was arrested in southern Illinois. However, a family member who spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times said Capsel was arrested after he got off work in Kentucky, and he was then taken to southern Illinois. The family member said Capsel is from Marseilles, a city in LaSalle County.

Court records show Capsel is in his late 20s.

A former neighbor and a social media friend turned Capsel in to the FBI, according to an 11-page criminal complaint filed against him. The former neighbor said Capsel was “known to be violent” and told the FBI about multiple videos of Capsel “on the frontline of the riot and breach.”

* John Seidel yesterday

After rioters breached the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, a photo surfaced on social media of a man and a woman wearing “Trump 2020” attire in what appeared to be the Capitol Rotunda, along with the words “Quincy made it inside,” the feds say.

Someone in a Facebook chat replied, “hope they lock yours [sic] a— up,” records show. And someone with the username “Christna Gerding” replied, “well since they let us inside; opened the door for us I think I’ll be just fine.”

Now Christina and Jason Gerding of Quincy have become the latest Illinois residents arrested in connection with the Capitol breach, according to the Justice Department. They were arrested Thursday in central Illinois, records show. […]

Christina Gerding, who is 46, and Jason Gerding, who is 50, are at least the fourth and fifth Illinoisans charged as a result of the riot at the Capitol. But their case appears to be the first from Illinois to directly reference QAnon, described in an 11-page criminal complaint as “a loosely affiliated network and community of people who believe in a number of conspiracy theories. The letter ‘Q’ is utilized by its believers to identify themselves.”

A man from LaSalle County arrested earlier this week, Mathew Capsel, used the online moniker “Mateo Q Capsel,” records show. But the complaint against him did not specifically reference QAnon.

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22 Comments
  1. - Paddyrollingstone - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 10:15 am:

    “well since they let us inside; opened the door for us I think I’ll be just fine.”

    I am not a social media fan but every once in a while I will see something that brings joy to my heart. This is one of those times.


  2. - don the legend - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 10:17 am:

    Good job to Law Enforcement. Find everyone of them. So sad that there are so many people that are so unstable that they can be so easily duped and led to violence.

    Sadder still they sometimes live next door to us and sometimes in our own homes.


  3. - Flyin' Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 10:20 am:

    Enjoy the many amenities that are federal incarceration.


  4. - Demoralized - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 10:21 am:

    Good. Keep rounding these people up. This was an attack on our government and these people need to be punished in as severe a manner as possible.


  5. - Flyin' Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 10:30 am:

    When you are taken into custody by the feds, I wonder, does it finally sink in that you were played like a sucker by a game show host?

    Is one finally, irrevocably, crushed by the fact that the only reason they are facing multiple federal crimes is due to their cult-like devotion to a puppet of the Russian government?


  6. - SAP - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 10:30 am:

    I am amazed at the number of people who post images on social media of themselves breaking and entering federal property and vandalizing that property who are surprised when they get caught.


  7. - west wing - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 10:33 am:

    More and more, we’re seeing the results of the radicalization from being absorbed by right-wing media misinformation across this nation.


  8. - Rich Hill - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 10:34 am:

    Three more finalists for next IL GOP chair.


  9. - hisgirlfriday - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 10:40 am:

    Was taken aback the other day passing by an electronic billboard on Veterans Parkway in B-N where the ad on the screen was the FBI asking the public’s help for locating Jan. 6 Capitol riot suspects.

    Glad they are taking this so seriously but just makes the decision to release everybody when they were clearing the Capitol seem more baffling.


  10. - Independent - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 10:43 am:

    These hooligans were obviously Antifa or BLM. They were plants designed to make peaceful, law-abiding pro-Trump protesters look bad.

    Now back in the real world….


  11. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 10:54 am:

    There’s a current Will county board member who posted a video of herself in DC that day, before quickly trying to take it down along with all references of her being in DC that day. From my understanding, multiple people have submitted her activities to the FBI tip line for investigation.

    I hope the FBI is also using cell phone location data to track down all these people.


  12. - Excessively Rabid - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 11:05 am:

    I hear the Dry Tortugas are nice this time of year.


  13. - walker - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 11:20 am:

    This is a tragedy. Let’s please guard against creating more tragedy by misdirected responses.


  14. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 11:20 am:

    We may have to build a “wall” around the Capitol. There’s talk of permanent fencing. Very ironic. But, when Trump sends his people, he’s sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing insurrection. They’re bringing violence. They’re fascists. And some, I assume, are good people.


  15. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 11:36 am:

    I want all, every one, the insurrectionists to be given a fair trial … and in that trial the opportunity to be given for a defense.

    We acted like a 3rd world republic with insurrection, we need to show we can try and convict (if the trial proves) in the traditions of actual rule of law

    Find each and every insurrectionists. Arrest them all.


  16. - Last Bull Moose - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 12:19 pm:

    Is Q John Quincy Adams; the only President elected by the House of Representatives? Trump was trying to become the second.


  17. - Steve Polite - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 12:23 pm:

    As I’ve stated before anyone who participated in the insurrection at the Capitol on 1/6/2021 and is charged with a felony, could also be charged with felony murder. People died during the commission of this crime.


  18. - Anonamoose - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 12:48 pm:

    How many people from IL have been arrested in connection with this?


  19. - Froganon - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 12:57 pm:

    Let the convictions begin. We have free space in prisons due to the release of all of those MJ misdeamoners. These seriously violent people need seriously long sentences, preferably with endless days of classical music to sooth their tormented psyches. Maybe the My-Pillow guy can help?


  20. - Dumpster Fire - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 2:07 pm:

    * a puppet of the Russian government *

    Comments like this make you look as ridiculous as the medicine man that invaded the capital.


  21. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 2:09 pm:

    =Find each and every insurrectionists. Arrest them all.=

    Amen.


  22. - SomeGuy - Friday, Jan 29, 21 @ 3:25 pm:

    * I hope the FBI is also using cell phone location data to track down all these people. *

    The capitol building has it’s own cell tower to ensure that people inside can get service when the building itself blocks outside signal. The FBI has a record of every cell phone inside that building.


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