Feds Charge Lower Bucks Man for Taking Part in Capitol Insurrection
A 19 year-old Lower Bucks County man has been charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and grounds and disorderly conduct, online records from the U.S. Department of Justice show.
Leonard Pearso Ridge IV, 19, was arrested Friday, according to court documents by the FBI after social media posts and chats shared with others were turned over to investigators in January.
Ridge is alleged to have shared at least five Snapchat videos from the Capitol riot attack under the profile name “pearce_ridgez,” court records show.
Ridge can reportedly be heard saying “Let’s go, let’s go. Get in this B-tch” while inside the Capitol building and “America First B*tch,” in videos shared on social media platforms.
In February federal investigators procured search warrants to review Ridge’s Snapchat account, obtaining his conversations before and after the riot.
Ridge claimed that the “election was stolen”, that he fought with riot police, and said according to a court filing, “Just pray for me that I don’t get arrested by the fbi.”
Digital data, supplied by Snap Chat, pinged Ridge’s cell phone at a number of locations in Washington D.C on January 6, court records show.
Ridge is the sixth Bucks County resident charged for his participation in the Capitol Riots.