Davie man arrested for insurrection allegedly claims siege was ‘our Boston Tea Party’

Instagram, Discord accounts contained statements, according to federal documents

Social media and cellphone leads FBI to arrest Davie man in connection with Capitol insurrection
Social media and cellphone leads FBI to arrest Davie man in connection with Capitol insurrection

DAVIE, Fla. – A Davie man was arrested Thursday at his home and made his first appearance in court Friday related to his alleged participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

According to court documents, William Rogan Reid, 36, is charged illegally and violently entering the Capitol as well as disorderly conduct.

In late January, the FBI received a tip from someone saying that they believed Reid was at the Capitol during the violent insurrection on Jan. 6. On Feb. 11, the FBI interviewed a person who said they “knew Reid personally, knew Reid’s voice” and that they had seen a video on Reid’s Instagram account that appeared to have been taken by him showing other people inside the U.S. Capitol building. The individual said that Reid’s voice could be heard on the video.

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They began digging into Reid’s social media accounts and got a search warrant that found that his cellphone number was identified using a cellular site near the interior of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan 6, according to the federal criminal complaint. On one of the social media accounts, Reid allegedly compared the Capitol siege to the Boston Tea Party.

The complaint said that Reid had set up a new Instagram account and the tipster had provided the name of that account.

A Davie man's social media accounts and cellphone, plus a tip, lead FBI to an arrest in William Rogan Reid's arrest. (WPLG)

An investigator reviewed video footage and concluded that an individual resembling Reid appeared in the video. A screenshot was taken of the video as well as a zoom in of the video, which the investigator said showed Reid’s face.

Also, a review of the Reid’s alleged new Instagram account led the investigator to a link to the group chatting mobile app, Discord. In a post dated March 22, 2021, the investigator said that the user who was later identified as Reid stated: “The 6th was the breaking point for a lot of people, but they’re cowering in fear again because of incaerceration [sic].”

And, in another post dated March 11, 2021, the user compared the 6th to “our Boston Tea Party.” In another post dated two days later, the user said “I rushed the Capitol.” “Hi, Feds.” Now you can all relax. Im [sic]the target. “I’LL F----- DO IT AGAIN!”

A cellphone number linked to the Discord account showed that it matched Reid’s address in Davie to the same as his Florida license.

Records obtained through a search warrant from AT&T found that the same cellphone number was identified as having pinged a site near the interior of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.

Local 10 News has also learned that Reid is dealing with a felony case in Palm Beach County for cyberstalking and was out on bond for that case. He has had other similar charges in the past.

A federal judge on Friday did not set a next hearing date. He said that Reid’s case in Palm Beach County needed to be wrapped up first.

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