Federal authorities have charged a Department of Sanitation worker after clear photos helped The New York Post identify him at the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
According to an unsealed criminal complaint, Dominick Madden, 43, was charged in Washington, D.C., with violent entry, remaining in a restricted building, and disorderly conduct in a restricted facility.
A signed affidavit by an FBI agent, the investigator, repeatedly referenced a January 14 Post article that helped authorities identify Madden—a QAnon-backing sanitation worker, the New York Post reports.
“The article identifies the sanitation worker as Dominick Madden, 43, and reports that videos were circulating online that identified Madden, who was photographed and videotaped shouting the QAnon slogan, wearing a QAnon hoodie, and waving a trump flag in front of the Capitol building,” the FBI agent wrote in the affidavit.
The investigator provided the Capitol police with a description of Madden, who in return gave video surveillance of him inside the Capitol.
“In the surveillance video, he is wearing the same blue hooded sweatshirt and carrying the same flag as seen in the New York Post article photograph,” the FBI agent wrote.
From there, a Homeland Security Investigator ran a passport search on the sanitation worker, which unturned information that matched details of the Post’s story.
“A review of the passport application provided by Dominick Madden for the issuance of the above-referenced passport indicates he is an employee of the “Department of Sanitation of NY” and lists his employment as “sanitation worker,” consistent with the information in the New York Post newspaper article depicting Dominick Madden at the U.S. Capitol Building,” the FBI agent wrote in the affidavit.
Finally, an investigator spoke to someone who worked with Madden at the sanitation department, who also identified him after being shown the Post’s article.
Madden has been suspended from the department, the complaint added.