CALUMET, Mich. (AP) — A man in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is accused of joining the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Karl Dresch is charged with violent entry and other crimes. Dresch appeared in court by video Wednesday. Dresch was arrested Tuesday in Calumet in Houghton County.
The FBI also filed search warrant requests to search his car and home. Those documents are loaded with details about Dresch's social media posts related to the assault at the Capitol. He joked about the use of tear gas by police. Dresch said, "I love masks now!" The government wants to keep him in custody.
In an official federal complaint, it details how FBI agents were able to track and locate Dresch for his alleged participation in the riots.
FBI agents first received a tip regarding Dresch's involvement on Jan. 7. The tip alleged that Dresch posted about his entry into the Capitol via his Facebook page. On Jan. 12, a search warrant was issued for information on Dresch's Facebook page, and Facebook, Inc., complied, providing information and records to the FBI on Jan. 13.
Those findings included a post from Dresch on Jan. 3 that stated that he was preparing to head to "DC," and was "prepared for chemical attacks and what not." He also urged others via Facebook writing, "NO EXCUSES! NO RETREAT! NO SURRENDER! TAKE THE STREETS! TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY! 1/6/2021=7/4/1776.”
Dresch posted photos and video from his time in D.C., detailing his movement into and through the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection.