Update: At approximately 7:30 p.m., Governor Ron DeSantis, by executive order, activated the Florida National Guard to work with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to strengthen security at the Capitol complex until January 24.
Federal authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed anarchist on charges related to his alleged attempt to recruit “like minds” to violently disrupt the expected rally of supporters of President Trump on the Florida Capitol until inauguration day.
The accused is Daniel Alan Baker, described in a 27-page criminal complaint as a former army airborne infantryman who recently “posted messages and multimedia to his increasingly mature Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts. extremist rhetoric “.
Baker called for arms for like-minded people to violently oppose the protesters gathered at the Florida Capitol on Sunday. He specifically called on others to join him in surrounding all protesters and confining them to the Capitol compound using firearms, ”the North Florida District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Press.
“Extremists who intend to commit violence on either side of the political and social spectrum must be stopped, and they will be,” US Prosecutor Lawrence Keefe said in a written statement.
“Daniel Baker’s actions show he is a dangerous extremist, and the law-abiding public is safer now that he has been arrested. We are and will remain on high alert and will take all appropriate measures against credible threats against the residents of our district, ”he said.
The arrest came as the Florida capital nervously awaits threats of violent protests leading to the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden next Wednesday by supporters of Donald Trump. State officials have urged employees in the Capitol region to work from home at least during Martin Luther King Jr.’s vacation on Monday.
Governor Ron DeSantis has said the state will be ready for trouble. Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey asked the governor on Friday to make sure.
“I hope we don’t experience any violence in the capital this weekend or next week, but hope is not a plan. This is why I am asking that Governor DeSantis deploy the National Guard to protect the Florida State Capitol, ”Dailey said on Twitter on Friday.
FBI agents arrested Baker without incident at his Tallahassee home on Friday morning with help from the Florida Law Enforcement Department and the Tallahassee Police Department, the office said.
Government evidence showed “a reasonable likelihood of imminent violence,” the complaint says.
This document describes an erratic career for Baker since 2007, when he left his army airborne unit as he prepared to leave for Iraq. He received a less than honorable discharge and spent from 2008 to 2017 homeless and unemployed in the Tallahassee area, although he reportedly worked part-time as a security guard.
“In 2017, Baker joined the People’s Protection Units (‘YPG’), a group fighting against ISIS and the Turkish government. The YPG is a sub-affiliate of the Kurdistan Task Force (PKK), which has been designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States government. Baker is presenting himself on his social media as a qualified sniper for the YPG, ”the complaint states.
He admitted to providing the training in interviews with FBI agents and “foreign sources” told the agency that he planned to kidnap Turkish pilots training in the United States and maim or mutilate them. to kill them, according to the complaint.
He also participated in violence around the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer in Seattle and Nashville, according to the document.
In November, he set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to enroll in emergency medical technician training at Tallahassee Community College and warned: too, “according to the complaint.
“Baker continues to threaten to use violence in the United States and has made multiple threats against those he claims to be white supremacists, fascists and Americans with ideologies different from his own and American allies. . Baker encouraged the murder of US Army officers. In addition, Baker has advised his supporters on social media to prepare for war, ”the complaint states.
The document alleges Baker owns weapons and has attempted to collect more in recent weeks.
On January 8, two days after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Baker offered a cash reward to those who attacked a PA reporter. “We decided to handle this on our own because the DC cops let them in and all the cops are undercover,” he posted, according to the complaint.
The complaint also cites an online publication Thursday titled “Call to Arms January 20e! “
“We need all Florida residents to rise up! Here in Florida, we must surround the terrorists who are attacking the Capitol! We will protect the residents of the capital and civilians from armed racist mobs of all available calibers. This is an armed coup that can only be stopped by an armed community! It said.