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Sixth Montanan Faces Federal Charges For Capitol Insurrection

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Andrew Cavanaugh is charged with several counts over his alleged participation in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it identified Cavanaugh in part by his baseball cap.

A man from Bozeman was arrested Tuesday for his alleged involvement with the pro-trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Andrew Cavanaugh is the sixth Montanan facing federal charges.

Andrew Cavanaugh is charged with unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol and participating in violent or disorderly conduct.

An affidavit from the Federal Bureau of Investigation says the agency identified the Bozeman resident through the FBI tip line, airport footage and social media posts, including a video taken from inside the Capitol that was originally posted on the far-right-friendly site Parler.

The FBI says, in the video, Cavanaugh was wearing a baseball cap with the words “Tactical Citizen,” which the agency connected to a business Cavanaugh says he owns in Belgrade.

Cavanaugh’s LinkedIn page says his business aims to provide citizens with “realistic scenario based firearms and tactical training." The LinkedIn page also says he was in the Marine Corps for eight years.

The FBI says Cavanaugh’s Facebook page, which is now blocked, included posts from Cavanaugh saying he was going to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th.

Cavanaugh last year was quoted in the Belgrade News saying, “We’re losing rights that I was fighting for in a foreign country,” while at a rally protesting the potential use of mail-ballots in November’s election.

The Justice Department says about 300 people across the U.S. have been charged with federal offenses related to the riot.