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Feds used St. Louis-area man's social media posts to place him at US Capitol riot

Feds used St. Louis-area man's social media posts to place him at US Capitol riot

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Man charged for role in U.S. Capitol riots

St. Louis-area man Nicholas B. Reimler, 28, is charged for his role in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots. Photo via FBI.

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ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis-area man's social media posts helped federal officers discover his role in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots, according to charging documents unsealed Thursday. 

Nicholas Burton Reimler, 28, posted on Snapchat and Facebook while he and others breached the Capitol building, according to court documents. Rioters stormed the building in support of an unfounded theory that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.

Reimler was also recorded on surveillance video inside the Capitol. Photos showed him among a crowd that forced entry into the Capitol, including by breaking windows and assaulting law enforcement, according to court documents. 

Friends alerted authorities to Reimler's social media posts, authorities say.

Nicholas Reimler

Jail booking photo of Nicholas Burton Reimler, accused of involvement in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

Reimler is charged with misdemeanor violent entry or disorderly conduct and entry into a restricted building or grounds.

Court records show Reimler is from Jefferson County, though he lived in University City at least until recently.

“He was not engaged in any act that would have put anybody in harm’s way or damaged any property," Reimler’s attorney, Ethan Corlija, said Thursday. "They’re relatively minor offenses."

Corlija said his client is on pretrial release ahead of his next court date. Reimler waived his right to a preliminary hearing on March 9.

Reimler graduated from the University of Missouri in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, according to his LinkedIn profile.

His only other public court record in Missouri is related to a Dec. 21, 2014, arrest on a DWI charge after he was caught driving about 78 mph on Highway 55. 

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