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Charlottesville tiki torch carrier arrested, accused of storming the Capitol on Jan. 6

Tyler Bradley Dykes, who served time in connection with the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally, stole a police shield and stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, the FBI said.
Tyler Bradley Dykes at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
A photo that authorities say shows Tyler Bradley Dykes at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.U.S. District Court for D.C.

WASHINGTON — A man who carried a tiki torch during the racist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 has been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Tyler Bradley Dykes, a former Marine, served several months in prison after a state grand jury charged him in connection with the racist event in Charlottesville, where far-right extremists chanted “You will not replace us” and the Nazi slogan “Blood and soil.” In Virginia, burning objects with the intention to intimidate is a crime.

Image: Alt Right, Neo Nazis hold torch rally at UVA
Far-right protesters hold torches at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after having marched through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Aug. 11, 2017.Shay Horse / NurPhoto via Getty Images file

An FBI affidavit says that online sleuths referred to Dykes as #graygoose and that he was wearing "a gray puffer jacket, a gray, textured gaitor, and a tan Adidas baseball hat with black stripe running through the adjustable band." An FBI tipster said in late 2021 that Dykes said he went into the Capitol as other rioters were beating up officers and that he was still in the military at the time. A confidential human source then provided open-source information supporting the identification.

The FBI received information from a confidential source which included images that identified Tyler Bradley Dykes' unique facial features, including his eyebrows.
The FBI received information from a confidential source that included images it said identified Tyler Bradley Dykes' unique facial features, including his eyebrows.U.S. District Court for D.C.

Video, the feds said, showed that Dykes "stole a riot shield from law enforcement and raised it over his head to establish sole possession of the item."

Dykes faces an array of misdemeanors, as well as felonies, including obstructing, impeding or interfering with officers performing their duties. A judge ordered him temporarily detained and set a detention hearing for Wednesday.