BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — Another Maryland man was identified among the group of rioters that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Robert Reeder, from Harford County, was identified using facial recognition software, according to the Harford County State’s Attorney’s office who tipped off the FBI about his identity on Jan. 7 shortly after they saw a poster with pictures of some of the rioters.READ MORE: Baltimore Trash Wheels Adopted By Pompeian Olive Oil
🚨NEW: Harford Co State’s Attorney’s office tips off FBI that they identified Robert Reeder as one of the alleged US Capitol rioters through facial recognition software. Docs say Reeder told Capitol officer: “You need to retreat” and said of riot “It was f****** nuts!” @wjz pic.twitter.com/gU8qsUtBze
— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) February 26, 2021
Documents said Reeder contacted federal investigators through his lawyers on Jan. 19 with a compilation of videos taken by him on his cell phone showing himself storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Reeder who was wearing a Make America Great Again hat said several minutes into the video, “We’ve been getting tear-gassed — thousands of people.”
Then once he’s inside the Capitol, he’s heard asking an officer for water.READ MORE: Moving Forward With Private Police Plans, Johns Hopkins Hires Former Police Commissioner As Public Safety VP
“Is there anywhere where I can get water?” An officer responds: “We don’t have any water in here, sir. There’s some outside.”
At one point Reeder asks how he can get out of the building, but then he doesn’t leave, instead of chanting with the crowd, “USA!”
Then about 17 minutes into the same video, Reeder records an assault on a Capitol Police officer. He tells that officer, “You need to retreat!”
About 19 minutes into the video, sometime around 4 p.m., Reeder can be seen outside the U.S. Capitol. He tells the camera, he’s leaving now after spending about 30 minutes inside.
“I’m leaving now, I got tear-gassed at least four times inside the Capitol,” Reeder said. “I saw the lady they say got shot, I walked right past her in a pool of blood. And it’s just completely crazy in there.”
Reeder told the camera he was one of the last people out.
“Got shot with pepper balls. It was f****** nuts!” he said. “We had to do battle with the police inside. It was crazy, absolutely insane.”MORE NEWS: Ladew Topiary Gardens’ Butterfly House Showcases Over 20 Native Butterfly Species