A Brooklyn man who was captured on video spraying police officers with Mace at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was busted last week — thanks to tipsters on Reddit.
Sleuths on the social media site helped cops identify Edward Rodriguez, who allegedly sprayed officers as they were securing a barricade on a terrace of the Capitol, according to charging documents against him unsealed Friday.
Video of the assault, which showed Rodriguez, 26, wearing a black suit and carrying a “Stop the steal” sign, was posted to Reddit — and users started referring to the Brooklynite as the “#suitmacer” online, according to the complaint against him.
They eventually identified the suspect as Rodriguez, and tipsters sent a number of materials to the FBI, including Rodriguez’s driver’s license photo, police mug shots and a screenshot of his former real estate profile, the documents state.
Edward Francisco Rodriguez allegedly sprayed officers as they were securing a barricade.U.S. District Court document