When the FBI caught up with Matthew Rupert, it already was sitting on a mountain of evidence implicating the 28-year-old in a crime spree spanning three days and two states.
They had Rupert in writing, describing his plans to drive from Galesburg, Ill., to Minneapolis as lawlessness erupted after George Floyd’s murder, and then on to Chicago to “riot this mf!!!”
They had photos of Rupert posing, head held high, as flames rose in the backdrop. They had video showing him looting a convenience store, doling out explosives to be thrown at police and walking out of a Nicollet Avenue
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