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McKinney Man Linked to Capitol Riot Using GPS Data, Court Document Says

NBC Dallas logo NBC Dallas 3/20/2021 Chris Blake
a group of people standing in front of a large crowd of people: WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES – 2021/01/06: Pro-Trump supporters and far-right forces flooded Washington DC to protest Trump’s election loss. Hundreds breached the U.S. Capitol Building, aproximately 13 were arrested and one protester was killed. © Pacific Press/LightRocket via Ge

WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES – 2021/01/06: Pro-Trump supporters and far-right forces flooded Washington DC to protest Trump’s election loss. Hundreds breached the U.S. Capitol Building, aproximately 13 were arrested and one protester was killed.

Authorities linked a McKinney man to offenses committed during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol using data obtained from his cell phone, according to court documents.

Authorities executed a search warrant on Google and obtained information that revealed Kevin Sam Blakely's location inside the Capitol during the riot, according to a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Blakely is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in any restricted building or grounds and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

According to the complaint, the mobile device linked to Blakely was inside the Capitol from 2:45 p.m. to 4:38 p.m. on Jan 6. Google estimates its location data is accurate to within 33 feet 68% of the time.

a vintage photo of a group of people posing for the camera: The FBI entered this open source video into evidence as part of a criminal complaint against Kevin Blakely. © Provided by NBC Dallas The FBI entered this open source video into evidence as part of a criminal complaint against Kevin Blakely.

The device linked to Blakely had an area code associated with North Texas and authorities were able to find a Facebook page belonging to a Kevin Blakely, the complaint says.

In a photo on the Facebook page, Blakely's face and a unique sweatshirt are both visible. In images seen outside the Capitol the day of the riot, Blakely is visible and wearing the same sweatshirt seen in the Facebook image, according to the complaint.

The complaint says there is "probable cause" to believe that Blakely committed the offenses for which he is charged.

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