Officials say the man who attempted to breach security at an Ohio FBI office Thursday morning was posting messages on former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social site, even though he was involved in the effort.
The man who was shot to death after a day-long standoff was identified by the Associated Press and others as Ricky Schiffer. Law enforcement officials said he is believed to have been present at the US Capitol riot on January 6 last year.
A USA Today review of online postings by an account named “Ricky Schiffer” reveals that the account had recently posted angry reactions to reports of an FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Florida home.
The same account posted during or shortly after the FBI infiltration describes the man’s efforts.
“Well, I thought I had a way through bullet proof glass, and I didn’t. If you don’t hear from me, it’s true that I tried to attack the FBI, and its That would mean either I was taken off the internet, the FBI caught me, or they sent the regular police.”
The post clearly ended mid-sentence.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Thursday that the armed man Attempted to breach the FBI’s Visitor Screening Facility at around 9 p.m. After an alarm and response by special agents, the suspect fled.
The time of 9:29 am was mentioned on the truth social post.
Truth Social removed the profile for “@rickywshifferjr” on Thursday afternoon, shortly after media reports began identifying Schiffer.
The social media service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Two days ago, an account named Schiffer posted angry messages about an FBI search Monday at Trump’s home and club Mar-a-Lago.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Schiffer account posted:
“I’m having trouble getting the information, but Viva Frey said the Patriots are going to Palm Beach (where Mar a Lago is). I recommend going, and being Florida, I think the Fed will give it a go. Won’t break. If they do, kill.” (Viva Frey is a right-wing YouTube personality.)
On the same day, the account posted:
“People, that’s it. I hope a call to arms comes from someone better qualified, but if not, it’s your call to arms from me. As soon as tomorrow at the gun shop/army-navy The shop/pawn shop opens, quit the job. , get whatever you need to be ready for battle. We can’t afford it.”
“This time we must respond with force. If you know of any protests or attacks, please post here.”
The Truth Social account, before being disabled Thursday evening, said Schiffer was a construction mechanic in Columbus, Ohio, which is about 100 miles from the FBI Cincinnati office. A search of public records identified Ricky Schiffer, a 42-year-old in Columbus.
The Truth Bio also suggested that Schiffer was in the US Capitol on January 6 and made a reference to Ray Epps, a man At the center of the January 6 conspiracy theory,
“I tried to convince the apps that going to the building would only make sense if they approved bogus votes,” the bio reads.
According to USA Today’s effort to track those lawsuits, Schiffer was not charged in connection with the rebellion, and does not appear in the Justice Department’s index of prosecutors.
A Twitter account by the name of Ricky Schiffer, which had a picture of a man resembling the photo in the Truth social profile, was also suspended on Thursday evening.
Threats after FBI raid
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday defended the bureau against a new wave of threats following the Mar-a-Lago search and an attempted breach of bureau offices by an armed man in Cincinnati.
“The baseless attacks on the integrity of the FBI undermine respect for the rule of law and are a grave loss to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others,” Ray said in a statement.
“Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning for all Americans,” said Ray, who was appointed by Trump.
Separately, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that the Justice Department has filed a motion Cancel the warrant that prompted the search of Trump’s assets, The former president and his lawyers have until Friday to decide whether to oppose the sealing of the search warrant and related material.
The post is just one example of the thousands of angry messages being posted on social media sites about the FBI’s search of Trump’s assets. Casea White, a researcher tracking extremism in the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (Peril) at American University, said some sites, including Truth Social, have been more vitriolic than others.
“The story has its ups and downs across the board, but I think (the far-right social media site) Gab is the most angry,” White said.