An Austin man who became known as “#TexasPleather” online was arrested and charged with trespassing on the US Capitol on January 6 after his ex-girlfriend identified him with federal investigators just a week after they broke up.
Geoffrey Samuel Shough, 37, was charged with one count and four misdemeanors. Shough was seen on surveillance video darting forward in front of a crowd of violent police officers guarding the Senate Doors.
“The footage shows Shough forcibly entering the United States Capitol during a second breach of the Senate Doors at 2:48 p.m.,” prosecutors said in a statement about the circumstances supporting the petition. criminal action against Shough. “Shough was one of the first few individuals to breach the ranks of the Capitol Police in uniform trying to stop rioters from entering the Capitol. The rioters overpowered the officers and entered the US Capitol. Shough then appears to have engaged in a heated conversation with one or more Capitol Police officers before proceeding further into the US Capitol. “
Online employees have tagged Shough with the nickname #TexasPleather because of the jacket he’s wearing in the photo.
That coat is what caused Shough’s ex-girlfriend, identified in court documents as LT, to identify him before federal investigators.
On May 10, 2021, FBI Agents interviewed LT by phone. LT says she dated Shough until last week, at which point they broke up. LT explained that Shough was visiting friends in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, and had previously expressed a desire to attend the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally while he was in Washington, DCLT confirmed. admitted that Shough had a cognac leather jacket. After the interview, the FBI sent LT 3 pictures taken on January 6, 2021 […]
LT replied via email in response to the images, ‘yes, he looks like him.’ [citations omitted]
The FBI’s statement of circumstances accompanying the criminal complaint also shows Shough’s spending in the Washington, DC area during the days of the siege.
In addition to showing charges for a hotel and parking in the capital area in the days before and after January 6, Shough’s bank records allegedly show that he stopped twice at a Whole Foods store in Vienna, Virginia, and dinner at the popular store. Jaleo Restaurant on January 5. Jaleo is a Spanish restaurant owned by award-winning chef José Andreswho decried the actions of the rioters and pizza delivered and make food for members of the National Guard, DC police, and cleanup teams at the Capitol.
Shough’s financial records also show a payment of $129.99 to the “Oath Keeper” on December 17, 2020, according to prosecutors, who also noted that there was a “stick or decal” on the back of Shough’s helmet matches the website Oath-Keeper’s logo[.]”
Members of the Oath-Keepers, an anti-government right-wing militia group founded by Stewart RhodesWe accused stormed the Capitol in a military-style “stack” formation. Rhodes I am charge with an ambitious plot in the most serious case that happened on January 6 to date.
According to the lawsuit, Shough was charged with civil disorder, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, along with four misdemeanors: entering and staying in a restricted building or property; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a building or restricted area; disorderly conduct in the Capitol building; and march, protest or picnic in the Capitol building.
Read the event statement, below.
[Images via FBI court filings.]
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