A Delaware businessman was sentenced to 30 days in prison for storming the Capitol after watching a riot on television during a Tinder date and hailing a cab to join the crowd.
Judge Thomas Hogan further ordered on Friday that Jeffrey Schaefer pay a $2,000 fine and $500 in damages for his role in the January 6, 2021 attack.
On January 6, the eve of a rally for then-President Donald Trump in Washington, Schaefer drove from Delaware to Virginia to spend the night at the home of a woman he met on the dating app Tinder. The next day, after seeing the crowd at the Capitol on television, he decided to take an Uber to the Capitol.
“She hired an Uber on the west side of the Capitol and went to the Capitol from there,” Justice Department prosecutor Anita Eve wrote in a court filing.
Prosecutors said Schaefer entered the Capitol through a broken window near the Senate wing door, joined other rioters while shouting slogans, and spent 28 minutes inside the building. Schaefer posted photos of the attack on Facebook, showing a pile of destroyed equipment on the ground.
Schaefer, 36, was arrested in January 2022. He pleaded guilty in August to one count of protesting or picketing a capitol building, a misdemeanor that carries up to six months behind bars.
Defense attorney Joshua Insley pointed out that Schaefer was not charged with violence or disruptive conduct on January 6, when Congress met to certify the results of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.