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FBI Arrests Denton County ‘Proud Boy' in U.S. Capitol Riot

US President Donald Trump's supporters gather outside the Capitol building, January 6, 2021.
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A Denton County man who allegedly wore dark sunglasses and a MAGA hat while he stormed the U.S. Capitol last month, and is a member of the "Proud Boys," was arrested on Friday, the FBI says.

Daniel Goodwyn, 32, of Corinth, is charged with knowingly entering a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

He is at least the eighth person in North Texas to be arrested in the Jan. 6 riot following a rally by former President Donald Trump. It happened as Congress was certifying the presidential election results.

According to a criminal complaint, Goodwyn is a reputed member of the Proud Boys, a violent extremist group that prosecutors have said was involved in the insurrection.

Photos of Goodwyn and his alleged social media posts were included in the criminal complaint as evidence in the case.

The FBI entered this photo found on social media into evidence as part of a criminal complaint against Daniel Goodwyn. Investigators say Goodwyn posted images on social media after going to the U.S. Capitol.
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The FBI entered this photo found on social media into evidence as part of a criminal complaint against Daniel Goodwyn. Investigators say Goodwyn posted images on social media after going to the U.S. Capitol.

The FBI said it received a tip about Goodwyn’s involvement from one of his associates and confirmed his identity by comparing images of the rioters to his driver's license photo.

Goodwyn messaged the person while he was at the Capitol saying, “Tell your dad if he doesn’t want his guns, I can find some folks who will,” the FBI said.

The FBI entered this photo found on social media into evidence as part of a criminal complaint against Daniel Goodwyn. Investigators say Goodwyn posted images on social media after going to the U.S. Capitol.
U.S. Department of Justice
The FBI entered this photo found on social media into evidence as part of a criminal complaint against Daniel Goodwyn. Investigators say Goodwyn posted images on social media after going to the U.S. Capitol.

Goodwyn also posted a message on his Instagram account saying, “I didn’t break or take anything but I went inside for a couple minutes,” the complaint said.

The FBI entered this photo found on social media into evidence as part of a criminal complaint against Daniel Goodwyn. Investigators say Goodwyn posted images on social media after going to the U.S. Capitol.
U.S. Department of Justice
The FBI entered this photo found on social media into evidence as part of a criminal complaint against Daniel Goodwyn. Investigators say Goodwyn posted images on social media after going to the U.S. Capitol.

According to a live stream, Goodwyn called a Capitol police officer who directed him to leave an “oath breaker” and yelled for people to get the officer’s badge number, the document said.

It was not immediately clear when Goodwyn would appear before a judge or if he has obtained an attorney.

A report in the San Francisco news website sfgate.com said Goodwyn most recently worked as a freelance web developer in San Francisco and attended a community college there.

Public records also list an address for him in Corinth, where the FBI said he was arrested.

According to his personal website, he lists San Francisco as his home but has a cell phone with a Texas area code and also attended Austin Community College.

As of Feb. 1, federal charges have been filed against 174 people associated with the riot, including North Texans Garret Miller of Richardson, Larry Rendall Brock of Grapevine, Nolan Cooke of Savoy, Jennifer Leigh Ryan of Frisco, Guy Wesley Reffitt of Wylie, Troy Anthony Smocks of Dallas, Nicholas DeCarlo of Burleson and Daniel Goodwyn, of Corinth.

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