AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) – A man from eastern Alabama who investigators say violated his bond in Lee County, Alabama by traveling to Washington to participate in the violent unrest in the U.S. Capitol is in federal detention after agents found him in a house in Auburn.
23-year-old William Watson from Auburn is believed to be the bearded man in the brown sweatshirt, as published by the Metropolitan Police Department. Watson is wanted in a joint effort by U.S. intelligence and the FBI as investigators continue to locate and arrest people in a crowd of President Donald Trump’s supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers worked to secure the victory of the to confirm President-Elect Joe Biden. Five people were killed, including a Capitol police officer.
23-year-old William Watson from Auburn is believed to be the bearded man in the brown sweatshirt, as published by the Metropolitan Police Department
Watson was taken into custody without incident at about 1:45 a.m. Monday afternoon at a house on Samantha Court in Auburn, Alabama. Federal officials and Auburn Police were in attendance when Watson was handcuffed out of the house after a Lee County judge revoked his bail on previous drug charges. Watson is now in federal custody.
Watson was taken into custody without incident at about 1:45 a.m. Monday afternoon at a house on Samantha Court in Auburn, Alabama
News 3 confirmed that Watson was arrested by Auburn on July 2 on drug charges, including trafficking in marijuana, LSD, and drug possession, and was released on a $ 103,000 bond. Watson’s loan was revoked Monday morning after a Lee County judge approved the Lee County Attorney’s motion.
The request received from News 3 read:
On or about January 6, 2021, protesters stormed the United States Capitol while confirming the election of the electoral college. The video surveillance inside the Capitol Building recorded images of the protesters in the building, including images of the defendant in a yellow sweatshirt standing next to a man in a horned hat. The local authorities identified the defendant. The defendant has distinctive tattoos on his hands that can be seen in the pictures of the capital. In addition, the defendant posted a social media post with a photo of his attendance and comments on one of his tattoos. Under Rule 7.3 of the Alabama Code of Criminal Procedure, a mandatory release condition includes a requirement that the defendant “must not leave the state without the permission of the court.”
Investigators suspect a man from East Alabama, Will Watson, is the bearded man on the left who joined other supporters of President Donald Trump and stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta).
News 3 couldn’t find out if Watson was busy in the area or attending school.
Watson was arrested by Auburn on July 2 on drug charges, including trafficking in marijuana, LSD, and drug possession, and was released on a loan of $ 103,000
He regularly posted election and COVID-19 conspiracies on Watson’s Instagram account, according to an article in the Alabama Political Reporter. He claimed to have a disability that freed him from wearing a mask in the Auburn restaurant. Offers in a video.
News 3 is waiting for more information from local law enforcement and the FBI about Monday’s arrest and what happens now to Watson.