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Andrew Ericson allegedly posted this photo during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.

Andrew Ericson of Muskogee is in jail tonight after the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested him and raided his grandmother’s home in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, which chased Congress from the hall and ended up with five people dead.

Ericson, the son of Tulsa attorney and former Oklahoma State representative from Muskogee Stuart Ericson, allegedly posted photos and videos of himself during the insurrection, including the one above.

Last week, Ericson’s mother commented on his presence at the event:

“Andrew along with 4.5 million Americans went to support our freedom as we are being censored and losing liberties daily. Freedom of speech specifically is daily under attack,” she said, referring to a story that the Muskogee Phoenix ran, then removed without explanation. “Nobody contacted me, his mother and front line healthcare worker or if they did I did not receive a message. Nobody contacted his grandmother who was featured as the Okie from Muskogee at Christmas in their unread rag. This is small town Muskogee BS.”

Official counts ranged from 10,000 people to 50,000, but nowhere near 4.5 million.

Ericson was arrested after a filing in federal court accusing him of unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

According to an affidavit filed with the filing, Ericson was identified by snapchat photographs from the account “andrewericson77”.

Ericson was also identified by a tip from “Witness 1,” who is not further identified in the document. Ericson is alleged to have entered House Speaker Nanci Pelosi’s office and take a beer out of the refrigerator in the office. Investigators then compared the pictures and videos with Ericson’s driver’s license photo and decided he was in fact the person in the videos and photos, the affidavit states.

The affidavit alleges that Ericson entered the building “with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.”

Ericson’s mother has not returned requests for comments on his arrest.