By Jody DiPerna
Pittsburgh Current Senior Contributor
On January 19th, federal authorities arrested Jorden Mink of Oakdale for alleged actions he took during the seditious riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6. Mink will have his preliminary examination and detention hearing via video tomorrow morning, Friday, January 29th. Until then, he is being held in the Butler County Jail without bond.
The official charges filed against Mink in Federal District Court include: unlawful entry of a restricted building or grounds while carrying or using a deadly or dangerous weapon; unlawful injury to property on Capitol grounds; violent entry, disorderly conduct and physical violence on Capitol grounds; destruction of government property valued at over $1,000; theft of government property; aiding and abetting.
According to court filings, Mink hit the FBI’s radar on January 15 when they received a tip that Mink was involved in the violent entry into the Capitol Building and that he had destroyed property on the exterior and interior of the building and grounds. In the two photographs below from the FBI’s affidavit, Mink can be seen wielding a baseball bat to shatter a window at the Capitol.
He then entered the building through that window and removed property from the inside, as he joined in with other looters as they ransacked the building and handed chairs, lamps, and desk drawers through the breached windows.
According to the affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Bryan T. Alfredo, he contacted a person Mink knew to confirm his identity. That person, who is anonymous for the purposes of these filings, confirmed that the man in the photos was Mink and that Mink had made statements to him/her that he had been at the Capitol and smashed out the window.
The FBI agent included in his affidavit a selfie posted by Mink to his Instagram account showing him at the Lincoln Memorial on January 3rd. This would point to him being in Washington, DC, but not confirm his presence there on January 6.
Mink’s Instagram account is full of all the sorts of ordinary postings one might expect from a 27-year-old man: Mink hanging out with friends, at the gym, in his car, showing off some tats, on Mount Washington, with his mom. There are also links to his recordings because Mink is also a rapper.
However, there are likewise postings indicating that he either owns or has access to a significant number of automatic weapons. In August of 2020, he posted a video of him firing an automatic rifle with the tag, “You know why there’s a 2nd amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one. #secondamendment #arpistol #comeandgetit #merica #letfreedomring.”
Likewise, there is the election day photo of Mink with his “I Voted” sticker — affixed to a large automatic weapon. That posting is tagged: “‘The ballot is stronger than the bullet.’ — Abraham Lincoln. Well… my magazines will be fully loaded just in case it’s not! #ivoted #2ndamendment #proudtobeanamerican #redwave #trump2020 #fuckjoebiden.”
Unlike many of the other Capitol rioters who have been sent home, Mink was detained after law enforcement requested no bond be given to him as they felt he was a danger in the community, noting that, “[T]here is a serious risk that defendant will flee …” and “[T]hat a serious risk exists that defendant will obstruct or attempt to obstruct justice, or threaten, injure, or intimidate, or attempt to threaten, injure, or intimidate, a prospective witness or juror.”
It might have to do with Mink’s multiple runs-ins with the law which date back to at least 2012. In June of that year, he was arrested and charged with two counts of disorderly conduct/engaging in fighting and purchase of alcoholic beverage by a minor (Mink was 19 at the time of the charge, so he was not a minor, but was underage for the legal purchase of alcohol). He pled guilty to those charges and was sentenced to confinement for the fighting and disorderly conduct charges.
In May 2013, he was again arrested, this time for simple assault and theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to six months of probation for these charges. He was arrested again in McKees Rocks in August of 2014, and again charged with disorderly conduct and engaging in fighting.
In September, 2017, Mink was arrested for his second DUI and was sentenced to 60 days of IPP, or the Intermediate Punishment Program, which usually means that the defendant must refrain from any drug or alcohol use and is subject to a strict probation schedule. It also often means the use of an ankle bracelet equipped with a sensor to monitor perspiration for alcohol. Additionally, he was sentenced to six more months of probation.
In July, 2020, Mink was arrested in North Fayette Township and charged in traffic court for the use of an improper class of license and failure to carry a license. A few weeks later, he was arrested relating to two charges of criminal trespass/single trespasser, an incident that dated May 20, 2019. No details as to the allegations are available at this time, but that case was marked as closed as of October, 2020.
Several very visible Capitol rioters have been released, most notably Riley Williams, the Harrisburg-area woman who stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop with intentions to sell it to the Russians. She was released into her mother’s custody and was then on-line claiming that she had deleted social media postings that contained evidence against her and had encouraged others to do so as well. In a hearing this week, the judge in that case ruled that Williams’ internet access should be limited to communication with her lawyer.
Tomorrow morning’s hearing should determine whether or not Mink will be kept in custody or, like Williams, will be allowed to return home.
Two other Western Pennsylvania men have been arrested for the Capitol riot, Matthew Perna of Sharon and Kenneth Grayson of Bridgeville.