Plaintiffs said they “averted a crisis” at the Capitol by detaining 33-year-old Daniel Baker, taking him into custody on an indictment concerning making a threat to capture or injure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida announced in a news release.
“Baker issued a call to arms for like-minded individuals to violently confront protestors gathered at the Florida Capitol this Sunday,” prosecutors said. “He specifically called for others to join him in encircling any protestors and confining them at the Capitol complex using firearms.”
Protests and demonstrations are expected at state Capitols across the country ahead of and on inauguration day in a challenge to the election results.
“This is an armed COUP and can only be stopped by an armed community!” Baker wrote in a flyer titled “Call to Arms January 20th” posted online, a criminal complaint against him alleges.
“If you’re afraid to die fighting the enemy, stay in bed and live,” he wrote in the flyer, in which he called Trump advocates who intend to protest at the Florida state Capitol “terrorists.”
FBI agents, with help from local law enforcement, took Baker into custody without conflict.
The Epoch Times has reached out to Baker’s defense attorney for comment on the accusations but did not receive a response.
Baker, a former U.S. Army Airborne infantryman who was terminated from the service in 2017 joined the People’s Protection Units, a group fighting in Syria against ISIS and the Turkish government, prosecutors said.
People’s Protection Units is a sub-affiliate of Kurdistan’s Working Party, which is characterized by the U.S. government as a “foreign terrorist organization.”
Prosecutors have called Baker a “dangerous extremist,” with the criminal charge claiming he wished death to anyone whose beliefs were different from his, including U.S. military officers.
“Baker has made multiple violent threats to those he claims are white supremacists, fascists, United States persons with different ideologies than his, and allies of the United States. In addition, Baker has promoted the killing of United States military officers,” the complaint reads.
Details of interest identified in the probe against Baker show his “path toward radicalization as well as a fair probability for imminent violence,” the complaint states.
One of these is a Facebook post associated with Baker, which emphasizes the statement, “I don’t give a [expletive], I’m an anarchist and I want to watch capitalist society burn.”
Another item referenced in the complaint is an interview Baker gave for an article about the fall of Seattle’s autonomous zone, in which he identified himself as a “hardcore leftist” and said he had traveled to Seattle to take part in the “Revolution.” In the article, he displayed frustration “in the lack of violent opposition here,” referring to the occupied zone.