A resident of Woodland Park, Colorado, was seen in pictures wearing distinctive patches and equipment in military style on Jan. 5 and the jan. 6 when he pushed through police barriers at the Capitol and confronted officers in the building along with a number of rebels wanted by the FBI.
He is accused of assaulting, resisting or obstructing a federal officer, the looting of American property. obstruction of an official procedure, and entering a restricted building for the purpose of obstructing official functions.
Gieswein could not be reached immediately for comment, and it was not clear if he had been taken into custody.
The Daily Beast identified Gieswein in photos taken in January. 5, the day before the uprising, shows him apparently damaged, with his helmet off and kneeling on the ground while pro-Trump protesters collide with protesters and police at Black Lives Matter plaza in downtown DC
In a statement in support of the criminal charges, the government claimed that Gieswein “appears to be affiliated with the radical militia group known as the three percent,” a militia that is “loosely allied with your holders.”
Gieswein’s Facebook page, now deleted, also showed that he was a fan of right-wing militia groups. In November 2018, he posted pictures of himself flashing the “Three Percent” sign, an apparent reference to so-called Three Percent militias outside Shooters Grill, a Colorado bar owned by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).
The term “three percent,” according to Anti-Defamation League, is a reference to the “erroneous belief that only 3% of the colonists fought against the British during the Revolutionary War” and militia members pretend to be just as willing to fight against what they see as a tyrannical government.
Gieswein’s movements during the uprising were easy to track thanks to a collection of distinctive patches on his helmet and vest, including patches reading “Woodland Wild Dogs,” “Golf Foxtrot Yankee,” “MAGA,” “My Mother Thinks I’m Special,” and “I pulls out ”next to a picture of a grenade.
Later is also Gieswein’s helmet visible in footage by a Proud Boys member, identified by the FBI as Dominic pezzola, breaks into the Capitol through a window. When Pezzola smashes the window with a police shield, the “Golf Foxtrot Yankee” patch and the orange ribbon on Gieswein’s helmet are visible in the lower right corner of the frame.
When Pezzola and other performers go upstairs, Gieswein is again visible standing next to him and shouting while the performer confronts countless Capitol police trying to stop them.
Other photos on his Facebook show Gieswein dressed in camouflage military uniform parading with assault weapons next to other, similarly equipped men. His political views – expressed in photos with “Trump 2020” and “Make Liberals Cry Again” – are also clear.
In the middle of the pictures of dogs on his feed, Gieswein also posted the distinctive yellow and green “Woodland Wild Dogs” tag seen on his vest at the Capitol Uprising.
His name appears on a 2020 registration for a site labeled WoodlandWildDogs.com and RockyMountainOathkeepers.com, both registered in 2019.
An Instagram account in the name of Woodland Wild Dogs – adorned with the tagline “Shootin guns, Campfires and America”, but since it was deleted – bore the patch logo seen on Gieswein’s vest and appeared to show photos of him who participated in target practice and military style exercises with other men dressed in camouflage and carrying automatic rifles.
The first post shows a black and yellow skull and the title “Rocky Mountain Oathkeepers.”
Back home in Colorado, Gieswein was also apparently active in various protest movements, especially around gun rights. His Facebook shows him announcing a “Rally for Our Rights” in 2018 in Colorado Springs to support gun rights.
When residents of Pueblo, Colorado, showed up for “March for Our Lives” after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a local NBC affiliate noted that Gieswein carried out a counter-protest in which he openly carried a firearm. “Bump shares … the biggest thing on the ballot right now. If we give away bump shares, what’s next? Magazines and semi-cars? He told KOAA News 5.