Dallas – A 34-year-old man from Texas was arrested for allegedly participating in the assault on Capitol of U.S this month and posting violent threats, including a call to assassinate the Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York.
Garret Miller, who is from the Dallas suburb of Richardson, was arrested Friday after being named in a five-count federal complaint.
Authorities allege that Miller posted photos and videos on his social media accounts showing him inside the Capitol during the Jan.6 assault on the building by supporters of the then president. Donald Trump. They also say he called for violence in online posts, including a tweet that simply read “Assassinate AOC,” a reference to liberal Ocasio-Cortez.
In another tweet, Miller posted: “Next time we bring the guns, they’ll be right,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit.
Miller also threatened a United States Capitol police officer during an Instagram exchange, writing that he planned to “hug her neck with a cute rope,” the affidavit says.
After posting a photo on Facebook showing him inside the Capitol, Miller responded to a comment about the image with, “I just want to frame myself a little,” according to an FBI affidavit.
Ocasio-Cortez posted Miller’s indictment documents on Twitter on Friday, then tweeted, “On the one hand you have to laugh and on the other, know that the reason they were so cheeky is because they thought they were going to succeed.”
Miller’s attorney, Clint Broden, said in an email to The Associated Press that Miller regrets the actions he took “in a misguided effort to show his support for former President Trump.”
“His comments on social media reflect highly disregarded political hyperbole in highly divided times and will certainly not be repeated in the future,” Broden said. “He hopes to put all this behind him.”
Miller is scheduled for a detention hearing on Monday.
“We are hopeful that given his family’s support and regret for his actions, he will be released so that he can resolve the charges against him in a timely manner,” Broden said.