The criminal complaint includes photos taken from videos posted to social media showing a man alleged to be Laurens among the throng in the Capitol Crypt and in Statuary Hall. More damning was the selfie Laurens posted to his Facebook profile showing him grinning beneath a famous portrait of George Washington hanging in the Rayburn Reception Room near the House chamber.
Laurens did not immediately respond to telephone messages and emails from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution seeking comment.
Many people accused of participating in the riot deactivated their social media profiles or deleted incriminating posts, but Laurens left up his Jan. 6 Facebook posts. That paid off for FBI agents who viewed the posts more than three months later after receiving multiple tips.
According to court records, Laurens was arrested and charged Wednesday in federal court in Atlanta. He was assigned a federal public defender and allowed out of jail on a personal recognizance bond. As part of the conditions of his bond, Laurens had to remove any firearms from his house and promise to stay away from Washington and other Jan. 6 defendants.
Federal authorities have charged more than 450 people with crimes related to the Capitol riot.