Update: Arrest Warrant for Ray Epps Was Issued in 2016

by | Sep 1, 2022

Update: Arrest Warrant for Ray Epps Was Issued in 2016

by | Sep 1, 2022

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Ray Epps might not face charges for trespassing on Capitol Hill grounds and encouraging others to do the same, but he could be wanted for allegedly trespassing on someone’s property in Pennsylvania.

The Libertarian Institute initially reported last month on a 2015 trespassing incident involving Epps, the January 6, 2021 Capitol Hill protestor who initially appeared on the FBI’s Capitol Violence Most Wanted list, only to be silently removed. With Epps facing no charges despite videos showing him encouraging others to breach the Capitol, sites such as Revolver News and politicians including Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have raised questions about Epps’ possible connections to the federal government.

After this reporter filed a “right to know” request with for all available documents related to the 2015 Epps arrest, the Pennsylvania courts provided records earlier this month indicating that an arrest warrant might be outstanding for Epps in that state.

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The key record is a court docket transcript showing that an arrest warrant was issued against Epps on January 26, 2016. After an arrest warrant was issued, no further actions were listed on the docket.

Epps has declined to comment on the matter.

“While he has absolutely nothing to hide, he has no comment regarding this matter,” his attorney, John Blischak, told the Libertarian Institute.

Epps’ alleged victim, whose name is being withheld out of respect for her privacy, also declined to comment.

Meanwhile, intrigue over Epps increased this month after The Epoch Times obtained his interviews with the FBI, which reportedly show that he expected a terrorist bombing during the Jan. 6 riots.

“I was afraid they were going to set off an explosion on one of the side streets,” Epps reportedly told the FBI in an interview. “So, we tried to stay in the middle, tried to get there early, tried to stay away from the sides. And if something like that happened, I had a first-aid kit. I could help out.”

This latest revelation sparked incredulity from Revolver News, whose reporting has suggested both that Epps was a federal agent provocateur and that feds may have been involved in the January 6 pipe bomb incidents.

“This means that Ray Epps was not just the only person on camera caught repeatedly urging people to go into the Capitol as early as January 5th, he also according to this interview claims to have some sort of advance knowledge or ‘intuition’ that bombs would be planted near the Capitol. And sure enough, pipe bombs were found on January 6th only blocks away from the Capitol, and their discovery was timed perfectly to coincide with the initial 12:53 breach of the West side of the Capitol of which Ray Epps appears to have been a key orchestrator,” Revolver wrote on Aug. 15.

“You would think this would be enough for the FBI to at least detain Epps for further questioning.”

Epps’ last public comment came via an interview he provided The New York Times, which was published July 13.

“I am at the center of this thing, and it’s the biggest farce that’s ever been,” Epps told the Times. “It’s just not right. The American people are being led down a path. I think it should be criminal.”

The Times reported that Epps is in hiding.

“The truth needs to come out,” he reportedly said.

About Ken Silva

Ken Silva has been a reporter for more than 10 years, working in places such as the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and the United States. His favorite writers include Annie Jacobsen and Wendy Painting, and he thinks Robert Nozick's "Anarchy, State, and Utopia" is highly underrated among libertarians today.

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