The Val Kilmer Lookalike Who Stormed the Capitol Has Finally Been Identified


Stewart Curtis in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 (Advance Democracy)

A prior to now unidentified insurrectionist who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. sixth, 2021 has been recognized for the primary time as a former historical past main who many times tweeted that former Vice President Mike Pence was once a “Judas” and a “rat bastard.”

Stewart Curtis, who grew up in Candy House, Oregon, and studied at Southern Oregon College, was once recognized through researchers at Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit that tracks extremists, and verified through a VICE Information investigation.

Pictures of Curtis have been first posted online last August through the Sedition Hunters, an international neighborhood of open supply intelligence (OSINT) investigators that has been running to lend a hand the government in figuring out those that stormed the Capitol simply over two years in the past. The crowd was once not able to spot Curtis, who they’d nicknamed #WannaBeKilmer because of Curtis’ resemblance to the actor Val Kilmer.

However their pictures display Curtis within the crowd coming near the Capitol on Jan. 6, along his two sisters, Moira Curtis, who’s a automotive shop clerk in Corvallis, Oregon, and Laurel Adams, a college instructor in Candy House.

Then at 2:07 pm, moments after the primary insurrectionist breached the Capitol, video footage displays Stewart Curtis in a crowd of people pushing in opposition to a police line at the Western facet of the U.S. Capitol construction.

Curtis was once identifiable as a result of in many of the pictures he can also be observed keeping up a purple iPhone showing to report what was once going down.

Part an hour later, at 2:38 pm, Curtis was once captured getting into the U.S. Capitol by means of the Higher West Terrace, once more keeping a purple mobile phone. He didn’t keep very lengthy then again, and was once captured on digicam leaving by means of the similar front simply 10 seconds later. 

On the other hand, Curtis didn’t go away the Capitol grounds, and at an unknown time he entered the construction once more by means of any other front, captured on video with a U.S. flag draped round him on pictures printed by National Geographic. He then can also be observed throughout the construction exiting the Senate’s Mark O. Hatfield room, shouting to any other rioter.

It’s unclear how lengthy he remained throughout the construction the second one time round, or how he left.

There is not any video pictures to signify that Moira Curtis or Laurel Adams entered the Capitol.

VICE Information contacted Stewart Curtis, Moira Curtis, and Laurel Adams on more than one events by means of electronic mail, telephone, and social media, however they didn’t reply to requests for remark. Researchers at Advance Democracy have been ready to spot Curtis by means of pictures he posted on his Fb web page and Instagram account. VICE Information independently verified those accounts and photographs. 

A spokesperson for Southern Oregon College showed Curtis was once a pupil there all over the autumn 2019 and wintry weather 2020 phrases. On Fb, Curtis described himself as finding out chemistry, however the College informed VICE Information he was once a historical past main.

Within the days after the assault at the Capitol on his Twitter account, Curtis blasted Pence for certifying the election.

In a single tweet, he answered to a message from Pence’s reputable account in regards to the loss of life of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick following the revolt, calling Pence a “Judas.”

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In any other put up on Twitter on Jan. 8, he mentioned Pence was once “worse than Judas. He right away regretted his movements. Pence is a rat bastard of the easiest order.”

That tweet was once based on a put up from an account belonging to the QAnon-linked military team referred to as the first Modification Praetorians, repeatedly known as 1AP, two contributors of that have been on Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, in step with the crowd’s legal professional.

Curtis will have been acutely aware of the crowd as a result of his father, James Curtis, was once on the time a member, in step with media reports, court filings,  and audio recordings posted on-line.  

1AP, which was once co-founded through former Military sergeant Robert Patrick Lewis, got here to prominence within the lead as much as the 2020 election when the crowd supplied safety for a march arranged through pro-Trump activist and social media influencer Brandon Straka, who was once arrested all over the Capitol assault.

Lewis’s team, which is made up of former army and regulation enforcement group of workers, briefly ingratiated themselves with the folks that surrounded former former President Donald Trump and driven his lie that the 2020 election was once stolen.

Within the months after the election, Lewis and his team supplied safety for a variety of distinguished MAGA figures, together with disgraced former nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn and his brother Joe, Forestall the Thieve founder Ali Alexander, pillow salesman and funder of the Giant Lie Mike Lindell, and “Kraken” legal professional Sidney Powell.

Lewis’ team additionally took phase in investigations to seek out so-called proof of election problems relating to intended election irregularities. A type of efforts was once a seven-week deployment to the house of election conspiracist Staci Burk in Arizona, after she claimed {that a} member of the Koch circle of relatives admitted to unloading fake ballots from a South Korean airplane, a declare that sparked the unhinged bamboo poll conspiracy that took grasp in right-wing circles.

A few of the dozen or so 1AP contributors who supplied safety Burk all over the seven-week length was once James Curtis. His presence was once printed in more than one audio recordings of conversations between Burk and Curtis that the previous shared with Raw Story and sooner or later posted on her SoundCloud account.

VICE Information tried to touch James Curtis by means of electronic mail, telephone and social media accounts however didn’t obtain a reaction. 

Stewart Curtis has been inactive on social media for over a yr. He has now not posted publicly on his Fb, Instagram, or Twitter since Jan. 13, 2021, when he posted two tweets within the area of 12 hours. Each messages answered to the similar put up from Pence in regards to the loss of life of Republican mega donor Sheldon Adelson, and each have been similar: “Judas!!!!” 

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