LORE-Elisabeth Blumenthal is a George Floyd protester who was arrested for setting two cop cars on fire.
Authorities tracked her down after pictures emerged of her allegedly scorching two vehicles wearing an Etsy t-shirt.
Investigators and the FBI eventually found her via the custom-made top, which had the slogan “Keep the Immigrants Deport the Racists.”
But who is the woman who is accused of torching police property at a Pennsylvania protest?
Who is Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal?
Blumenthal is a 33-year-old massage therapist from Philadelphia.
She has a distinctive tattoo of a peace sign on her forearm.
The Philly protester attended a Black Lives Matter rally on May 30.
After two cop cars were torched, investigators tracked her down via social media and other internet clues.
Blumenthal’s address was traced to Philadelphia’s Germantown section.
She was arrested on June 16.
Blumenthal is now in jail and appeared in federal court on Tuesday.
What did she do at the George Floyd protests?
Blumenthal allegedly set fire to both a police sedan and sport utility vehicle parked on the north side of City Hall.
She is accused of picking up a burning piece of wood to do so.
The US Attorney said that various videos and pictures taken at the scene allegedly captured her wearing protective goggles and gloves.
They allege the masseuse was filmed “taking a flaming piece of wooden police barricade from the rear window of the sedan that was already on fire, and then shoving the flaming wood into the SUV that was not on fire.”
“Within minutes, the SUV was also completely engulfed in flames,” court documents stated. “As result of the fires, both PPD vehicles were destroyed.”
How did the Federal investigators in Philadelphia find her?
FBI agents identified Blumenthal because of data freely available online, according to a federal affidavit.
There was aerial footage, an Instagram picture and photos taken by an amateur photographer linked to a forearm tattoo – and of course, the Etsy T-shirt.
Investigators delved into shopping site, as well as Instagram and Vimeo, to arrest Blumenthal, the complaint said.
Police probing the incident then reportedly found an Etsy page selling the custom-made shirts.
The username (Xx Mv) and url “alleycatlore” was linked to someone named Lore-Elisabeth in Philadelphia.
Following a subpoena, Etsy provided purchasing records, which confirmed that Xx Mv purchased a t-shirt shirt sent to a Lore-Elisabeth living in the city.
Blumenthal’s profiles were found on the shopping site Poshmark and LinkedIn, which showing a woman employed as a massage therapist.
Videos on a company’s website show a woman giving massages with a matching forearm tattoo.
The Feds used the listed phone number to track down her address.
Vice reported that they used over 500 photos to find her.
What charges are Blumenthal facing?
Blumenthal was charged for the arson of two Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) vehicles.
If she’s convicted, she could face a maximum possible sentence of 80 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $500,000, the attorney’s office said.
US Attorney William McSwain announced the charges this week.
His office acknowledged there had been “peaceful protests in the early afternoon of May 30 in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis”.
But “civil unrest began to unfold later in Philadelphia that resulted in widespread looting, burglary, arson, destruction of property, and other violent acts” – including Blumenthal allegedly setting the cars ablaze.
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Michael Driscoll, Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, said that the protest was “sprinkled with agitators whose sole purpose was to commit crimes and cause chaos.”
“As alleged, Blumenthal came prepared for just that, carrying out these arsons that destroyed property and put many lives at risk.
“Sadly, such acts also hijacked the message of the day’s demonstrators, whose calls for change were obscured for a time by the smoke from all those fires.”