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Authorities: NJ man who describes himself as ‘dating and relationship strategist’ arrested for alleged Capitol riot role

A Haddonfield resident who describes himself as a "dating and relationship strategist" is facing criminal charges in connection the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.

News 12 Staff

Jan 22, 2021, 11:28 AM

Updated 1,246 days ago

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A Haddonfield resident who describes himself as a "dating and relationship strategist" is facing criminal charges in connection the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.
Patrick Stedman, 32, was arrested Thursday and charged with unlawful entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. FBI agents found videos of Stedman posted online during the riot. His Twitter profile, which was included in the criminal complaint says, "I read people like books and help them change their story."
A criminal complaint says he posted videos of himself traveling to Washington, D.C. and taking part in the breach. A witness told agents that Stedman had been "encouraging his tens of thousands of fans to join him in D.C. for weeks."
Included in the criminal complaint against him is a tweet from Stedman on Dec. 30, which said, in part, "highly, highly recommend all Patriots come to D.C. on the 6th. This will be a turning point in our nation. Will eventually be a national holiday akin to the 4th of July. You will want to tell your grandchildren you were there.”
The federal affidavit includes images that prosecutors say show Stedman inside the capitol during the riot.
Stedman was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday in federal court in Camden.
It wasn't immediately known if he had retained an attorney.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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