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New Jersey ‘dating strategist’ arrested in Capitol riots

January 21, 2021 GMT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man who bills himself as a “dating and relationship strategist” is facing criminal charges in connection with the riots at the Capitol this month.

Patrick Stedman was arrested Thursday and charged with unlawful entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

According to a criminal complaint, the 32-year-old Haddonfield resident, who lives with his parents, posted videos of himself traveling to Washington, D.C. and taking part in the breach of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

“I was pretty much in the first wave, and we broke down the doors and climbed up the back part of the Capitol building and got all the way into the chambers,” he posted, according to a criminal affidavit.

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The FBI was alerted to Stedman by a former high school classmate and a former college classmate, according to the affidavit.

Stedman’s Twitter bio contains a link to a website that promises “daily emails on sex and female psychology.”

In a tweet Wednesday, Stedman wrote he would be “taking this opportunity to unplug for a few days and focus on writing, lifting, and meditation.”

Stedman was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon in federal court in Camden. It wasn’t immediately known if he had retained an attorney.