Long Island DJ, 25, who posted Snapchat videos of himself smoking pot in the Capitol during MAGA riots is arrested after a friend reported him to the FBI
- Greg Rubenacker, 25, was taken into custody by the FBI on Tuesday morning
- He is facing misdemeanor charges for disorderly and disruptive conduct during the pro-Trump insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6
- Rubenacker allegedly documented his role in the chaos on Snapchat
- Prosecutors said he posted several videos of himself vaping and smoking a marijuana joint inside the Capitol Rotunda
- Rubenacker was photographed by DailyMail.com leaving US District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday afternoon after his arraignment
- The DJ from Farmingdale insisted he did ‘no violence’ at the Capitol
A Long Island DJ who allegedly filmed himself smoking marijuana inside the US Capitol during the January 6 riots has been arrested.
Greg Rubenacker, of Farmingdale, New York, was taken into custody by the FBI on Tuesday morning on misdemeanor charges for disorderly and disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds.
Hours later he was photographed by DailyMail.com leaving US District Court in Central Islip after appearing at an arraignment via video conference.
Rubenacker joins more than 180 other people who have been arrested in connection with the insurrection last month, when thousands of Donald Trump supporters descended on the Capitol in a bid to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden‘s victory.
The 25-year-old allegedly documented his role in the chaos on Snapchat, posting videos of himself vaping and smoking a joint inside the Capitol Rotunda, according to a criminal complaint.
Greg Rubenacker was arrested on Tuesday for storming the Capitol during the January 6 MAGA riots. The 25-year-old DJ from Long Island allegedly posted videos of himself vaping and smoking marijuana on Snapchat, as seen in the photos above from the criminal complaint
Rubenacker was photographed by DailyMail.com leaving US District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday afternoon after appearing at an arraignment via video conference
‘Holy s**t! This is history! We took the Capitol!’ Rubenacker said in one video after he and others breached the Capitol building, the complaint states.
In another video he puffed on a joint and declared: ‘Hell yeah. Smoke out the Capitol, baby.’
One of Rubenacker’s Snapchat videos showed Trump supporters outside the Capitol with the caption: ‘America is pissed’
A third clip showed other people smoking in the Rotunda, with one of them asking: ‘How many joints we have?’
The videos were posted on a Snapchat account under Rubenacker’s name, according to photos included in the criminal complaint.
He also posted images outside the Capitol building, including one near the Washington Monument with the caption: ‘America is pissed.’
The complaint states that Rubenacker was apprehended after a friend and former classmate contacted FBI investigators and identified him as participating in the riots.
‘In an interview with the FBI, the witness explained that it watched the Snapchat story and knew the individual depicted throughout the videos to be Greg Rubenacker of New York,’ prosecutors wrote.
‘The witness stated [they] had known Rubenacker for multiple years and had attended school with Rubenacker.’
Rubenacker is facing the following misdemeanor charges:
- Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so; knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions
- Willfully and knowingly utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place in the Grounds or in any of the Capitol Buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress or either House of Congress
- Parade, demonstrate, or picket in any of the Capitol Buildings
Rubenacker briefly stopped to talk to reporters after his arraignment on Tuesday
He insisted he did ‘no violence’ at the Capitol and said he was protected by the Constitution
During his arraignment on Tuesday Rubenacker was admonished multiple times by his own criminal defense lawyer, Michealangelo Matera, because he wouldn’t stop talking, according to CNBC.
‘It’s really frustrating,’ the defendant said at one point. ‘Tired of the corruption in the government.’
Matera replied: ‘Now’s not the time to talk about the case.’
Rubenacker then muttered something about ‘trying to protect the country’.
Later in the hearing Rubenacker asked Magistrate Judge Steven Locke if he could take off his mask. Locke said no, citing the other people in the room with him.
The judge set Rubenacker’s bond at $50,000 and listed off a series of conditions for his release.
‘Is there any way I can get a list of this written down?’ Rubenacker asked. ‘My memory’s not too good. You’re saying a lot.’
Locke assured him that he would get the conditions in writing.
Rubenacker briefly stopped to talk to reporters outside the court house after the hearing.
He insisted that he did ‘no violence’ at the Capitol and suggested that he was protected by the First Amendment.
Rubenacker joins more than 180 other people who have been arrested in connection with the insurrection last month, when thousands of Donald Trump supporters descended on the Capitol in a bid to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory