A California man who bragged to his Uber driver about participating in the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol was arrested last week, with help from the driver’s dashboard video camera.
Jerry Braun was charged by the FBI with illegal entry, disorderly and disruptive conduct, and parading in the Capitol.
The Uber driver who picked Braun up at 7:05 p.m. alerted the FBI about the conversation after the riot.
It went like this:
Driver: “So, has it been violent all day?”
Braun: “Well, it started around, right when I got there. I tore down the barricades.”
Driver: “You did? Why?”
Braun: “Well, because, so we could get to the Capitol.”
Driver: “Well, how’d that work out for ya?”
Braun: “Well, it looks like, uh, Biden’s gonna be our president.”
The FBI matched Braun to the Uber video and with the help of phone records and the following description:
“From the interviews with the Uber driver, I learned that Jerry LNU (last name unkown) had a white beard, an injury near his right eye, and showed visible bleeding near the eye during the Uber ride.”
FBI agents executed a search warrant at Braun’s home in November of last year and interviewed him, stating:
“Agents inquired about his injuries…and Braun explained he tripped, fell, and ‘busted’ his head as he walked through the city carrying pizza after confirming (the) Uber ride.”
The report continued:
“Braun stated he had been analyzing politics his whole life, and went to Washington, D.C. to listen to a speech of the President. After being asked by the agents if Braun had anything he wanted to tell them before he departed the search location, Braun responded, “Guilty.” When asked what he was guilty of, Braun responded, “Everything.” Braun stated he “flew out there, listened to the speech, walked toward the Capitol, made it to the edge of the crowd.”
The FBI complaint against Braun also includes a description captured on police body cameras during the Capitol attack:
“Braun is in possession of a long wood plank that appears to be about eight feet in length. Videos show Braun in possession of the wood plank, controlling the wood plank and maneuvering the wood plank towards law enforcement officers in an aggressive manner.
In one instance captured on the videos, Braun extends the wood plank and physically strikes an individual who is wearing a helmet with the text “PRESS” displayed across the front (the photographer) and appears to be taking photographs with a camera. Braun and the photographer appear to exchange words. Braun then strikes the photographer with his left hand, and subsequently strikes the photographer once more with the wood plank.”