Look How Easy The Internet Made It To Find This Woman Who Set Five Police Cars On Fire In Seattle
(Tea Party 247) – Those who partook in causing mass chaos and destruction in the recent riots maybe didn’t consider the fact that we live in the technology age and someone is always watching. Those that have set fire to buildings and vehicles have, in some cases, been easily found and apprehended thanks to social media, surveillance systems, and, well, their own stupidity.
One Tacoma woman was recently arrested at her home for allegedly burning down five police vehicles in downtown Seattle during the May 30 riots that ensued after protests over the death of George Floyd.
On Thursday, federal authorities decked out in full SWAT gear took 25-year-old Margaret Aislinn Channon into custody without incident after a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Seattle charged her with five counts of arson.
The News Tribune reports:
A neighbor near the home in the 8400 block of South G Street reported hearing explosions during the raid.
The woman was identified from photos and videos by her numerous and distinctive tattoos, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. The videos came from Seattle police, surveillance cameras, broadcast news video and social media posts.
“This defendant was captured by multiple cameras using an accelerant, lit like a blowtorch, to start fires in five vehicles — putting the public at risk and creating the very real possibility of a structure fire amidst the throng of people protesting downtown,” said U.S. Attorney Brian Moran.
Investigators from the FBI, ATF and Seattle Police Department reviewed the protest videos which showed the suspect’s hand tattoos. The suspect in the videos has her face covered.
Authorities identified the suspect as Channon through social media accounts and posts, some of which involved a missing person report from 2019.
Officers executed a search warrant at Channon’s home and seized clothing and accessories that allegedly appeared in the videos, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Charging papers go into great detail on the suspect’s behavior on May 30, detailing how she set the vehicles on fire, her clothing, even her “unique eyebrows.”
According to charging papers, the burned vehicles include a Ford Transit Connect van, a Dodge Caravan, a Chevrolet Express van and two Ford Explorers.
Tacoma Police had officers on the scene but did not participate in the arrest, said spokeswoman Wendy Haddow.
If you’re going to go out and set fire to police cars, you might want to make sure it isn’t being recorded, if you want to get away with it, that is.
Other rioters have been arrested thanks to their own Facebook posts in which they boast about the destruction and vandalism they are participating in. Some have even been as stupid as to post videos of themselves assaulting police officers with weapons like Molotov cocktails and fireworks.
It’s just sheer stupidity but stupidity we’re thankful for, for once, as they have made law enforcement’s job just a bit easier. The rioters behaved like domestic terrorists and should be held accountable for the criminal activity they partook in. This is especially true for those who organized these efforts using social media and those who traveled to riot, which is a federal crime if they crossed state lines.
The rioters have had their fun, now it’s law enforcement’s turn.