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Warrant issued in Scottsdale for alt-right streamer who stormed the U.S. Capitol

Tim Gionet aka “Baked Alaska”
Posted at 9:58 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 00:45:47-05

Some Arizonans have already been arrested for their roles in storming the Capitol on January 6. One alt-right streamer currently living in Arizona is still not publicly wanted by the FBI despite broadcasting his presence in congressional offices.

Anthime Joseph Gionet is known as Tim Gionet or "Baked Alaska" online.

"Tim Gionet is the ultimate alt-right troll," said Joanna Mendelson, the Associate Director at ADL's Center on Extremism. "At the core of his antics, and they are antics, is to reach out to like-minded adherents with bigoted humor, racism and anti-semitism."

Gionet's racism and extremism are well documented.

"He was in Charlottesville, Virginia at the 'Unite the Right' rally," said Jason Wilson, an investigative journalist who writes for The Guardian and studies extremism.

Before plunging into the world of extremism, Gionet worked for Buzzfeed creating viral Vines.

"He became kind of an e-celebrity and tried to ride the wave of the far-right upsurge in this country the past five years," said Wilson. "Gionet's been known to float ideas or make gestures online that are associated with neo-Nazism. He was one of the first of the alt-right figures to be de-platformed in a serious way. To lose his Twitter account and access to YouTube."

After being booted by mainstream tech companies, Gionet pivoted to less strict ones.

On January 6 he live-streamed his role in the Capitol riots.

"We need to get our boy Donald J. Trump into office," said Gionet, faking a call on a Representative's phone and performing for his followers online.

Gionet later deleted the incriminating video, but not before many people saved or screen recorded it. He has since had his entire account suspended by the site DLive.

"At some point, he moved to Arizona and was walking dogs for a living," said Wilson.

ABC15 has encountered Gionet at a variety of protests and events in recent years. In almost every case, Gionet is looking to provoke people with different viewpoints or recruit more followers.

His recent stunts have involved antagonizing strangers or businesses by refusing to wear a mask.

On December 11 he was being kicked out of a Scottsdale restaurant when, after being shoved for refusing to move, he maced the security guard.

He was streaming the entire incident, which was saved and reported on first by the Phoenix New Times.

Gionet was arrested for misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespassing before being released on his own recognizance with conditions.

"Violate no state or federal, local criminal law... [and] do not leave the state of Arizona without written permission from the court," said the Scottsdale prosecutor Thursday.

The prosecutor argued successfully for a judge to revoke Gionet's release and issue a warrant for his arrest and bond.

"Until he comes in and posts the $3,000 [bond], there’s a warrant out for his arrest for that amount," said the judge, who was upset that Gionet did not show up to the hearing and communicated no reason to his attorney.

"If they come across him and the warrant is still active, they will arrest him," said Gionet's attorney.

It is unclear if Gionet will turn himself in and post the relatively low bond.

While the Scottsdale charges are minor, there is a good chance that if he is taken into custody again, federal agents will not let him walk out quickly.

"He may have run out of luck in the attack on the Capitol," said Wilson.

When asked if they were actively pursuing information about Gionet or his arrest, the FBI declined to comment.