‘Offended Patriot Hippie’ arrested for threatening to shoot FBI brokers amid Capitol riot investigation

Kaye, who calls herself the “Offended Patriot Hippie” on social media, then spewed an obscenity-laden screed in opposition to the federal regulation enforcement company.

“You assume I’m going to … allow you to come discuss to me?” she mentioned. “I’m an American. I do know my … rights. My First Modification proper to free speech, my Second Modification proper to hold a gun to shoot your f—— a– if you happen to come to my home.”

The FBI took her feedback severely and charged Kaye in a legal criticism filed on Feb. 15 with making a communication in interstate commerce that threatened to kill brokers from the FBI, the Justice Division introduced Friday.

A federal public defender representing Kaye didn’t instantly reply to a message late on Sunday from The Washington Publish, however instructed the Miami New Instances that Kaye’s movies represent protected speech.

“We’ll vigorously defend Ms. Kaye’s First Modification proper to precise herself on social media and in opposition to this alleged crime,” Kristy Militello instructed the paper on Friday.

Most of the greater than 200 folks charged within the Capitol riot have been arrested primarily based on social media posts, together with these sharing video taken within the Capitol and posted later to boast about collaborating within the mob. Some have additionally been charged for making on-line threats, together with a man who threatened to “assassinate” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

On social media, Kaye has been a vocal supporter of former president Donald Trump. She made different TikTok movies the place she questioned the validity of the 2020 election outcomes and joked about hurting members of “antifa.” In a single TikTok video posted on Jan. 7 after Congress licensed President Biden’s victory, Kaye claimed she had acquired an “unsolicited” bundle from China that consisted of a “white flag of give up.”

“They’re telling me we misplaced, and I ought to give up,” she mentioned.

A tipster instructed the FBI that Kaye had posted on social media claiming she had been on the Capitol on Jan. 6, which spurred brokers to contact the Florida lady to research additional.

The Publish obtained hours of video footage, some completely, and positioned it inside a digital 3-D mannequin of the constructing. (TWP)

In keeping with a legal criticism that was unsealed on Thursday, Kaye had agreed to talk with FBI brokers concerning the investigation into her alleged function within the Capitol riot, contradicting her powerful discuss on social media.

“Kaye additional indicated that she was retired and had loads of time to speak, however would should be interviewed at her residence as a result of she was not in a position to drive,” based on the criticism.

In a Jan. 28 name with FBI brokers, Kaye allegedly denied touring to Washington to take part within the riot on the U.S. Capitol constructing earlier within the month, however “claimed she was conscious of people who did journey there,” the criticism mentioned.

But, in social media posts, Kaye referred to “my journey to D.C.” in a number of movies. When requested in her Fb feedback about whether or not she had attended the rally, Kaye wrote “Sure I used to be there.”

The FBI didn’t point out that it had proof Kaye had participated within the Jan. 6 riot, nor did the company make allegations about any criminal activity Kaye on that date.

Within the video that led to the legal cost in opposition to her, Kaye insisted she wouldn’t converse to police.

“I instructed them, ‘Bro, I ain’t gonna discuss to you until I’ve counsel. And being that I can’t afford counsel proper now, you’re gonna have to come back arrest me so I can train my rights to counsel. And being that you just don’t even know the place I dwell and it’s important to ask me, I ain’t speaking to you,’” she mentioned.

In keeping with the legal criticism filed final week, Kaye has a legal historical past in Palm Seashore, Fla., together with a 2010 home battery cost that resulted in a no-contact order.

In February 2020, Kaye was arrested for ripping the collar of her grownup daughter’s shirt throughout an argument after which threatening her with a kitchen knife, based on a threat safety order barring Kaye from shopping for firearms filed the Palm Seashore County Sheriff’s Workplace final week. Kaye allegedly stabbed a bed room door 5 instances whereas her daughter hid behind it. Kaye was charged with battery and aggravated assault with a lethal weapon with out intent to kill, however these prices have been later dropped, the order mentioned.

In keeping with the danger safety order, the daughter mentioned Kaye suffers from bipolar dysfunction, anxiousness and melancholy, and allegedly has a historical past of blending alcohol with psychiatric medicines.

Kaye has a listening to scheduled on Monday at 10 a.m. within the West Palm Seashore division of the U.S. District Courtroom for the Southern District of Florida, based on courtroom information.

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