Source: Colts Neck man charged in Capitol riots had history of anti-Semitic comments online
A Colts Neck man who is facing charges related to the Capitol riots earlier this week had a history of posting anti-Semitic comments online, News 12 New Jersey has learned.
According to an FBI affidavit, Timothy Hale-Cusanelli is a member of the Air Force Reserve and a contractor at Naval Weapons Station Earle who holds a security clearance.
According to the arrest documents, the FBI was tipped off about Hale-Cusanelli’s actions by a source after Hale-Cusanelli allegedly showed the source video of him inside the Capitol building. That video allegedly shows Hale-Cusanelli making harassing and derogatory statements to Capitol police both inside and outside the building and ordering them to follow inside using hand and vocal gestures.
That source also told the FBI, “Hale-Cusanelli is an avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer who posts video opinion statements on YouTube proffering extreme political opinions and viewpoints.”
News 12 New Jersey exclusively obtained an email sent by the owner of the now-shuttered Facebook group Rise Up Ocean County to Hale-Cusanelli on Jan. 4, 2020. The group's owner says Hale-Cusanelli was banned from the group after posting anti-Semitic remarks on the site.
The Rise Up Ocean County page was eventually shut down by Facebook, accused of providing an anti-Semitic platform.
In the affidavit, the FBI said the source specifically mentioned the same YouTube channel referenced in the Rise Up email. Hale's YouTube channel no longer shows the video in question.
He was arrested by the FBI last Friday and charged with entering restricted grounds, disrupting government business, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building and obstruction.