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Edgar Maddison Welch: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Edgar Maddison Welch. (Facebook)

A North Carolina man is accused of threatening employees of a Washington, D.C. pizza place with a rifle as he was trying to “self-investigate” a debunked conspiracy theory that claims Hillary Clinton and other high-ranking Democrats are involved in a child sex trafficking ring, police say.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, entered the Comet Ping Pong restaurant, which was packed with customers, about 3 p.m. Sunday, and pointed a gun at an employee, the D.C. Metro Police Department said in a press release.

Police said Welch was trying to find proof of “PizzaGate,” which police called a “fictitious online conspiracy theory.”

The employees and diners inside the restaurant were able to flee, and police said Welch, of Salisbury, fired his gun after they left. No one was injured.

Police responded to the scene and Welch was arrested without incident. Photos and videos taken by witnesses show Welch coming out of the restaurant and surrendering to police in the street with his arms in the air.

The “PizzaGate” conspiracy theory was spawned out of Wikileaks emails in November, and involves claims that leaders of the Democratic Party, including Hillary and Bill Clinton and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, were part of a pedophilia ring operating out of the Comet Ping Pong pizza place, according to the BBC.

No evidence has been found to confirm the theory, which has been debunked by Snopes, many news sites, including the New York Times, and also on Fox News.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Welch Surrendered to Police After He ‘Found No Evidence Underage Children Were Being Harbored in the Restaurant’

Edgar Maddison Welch told police, “he had read online that the Comet restaurant was harboring child sex slaves and that he wanted to see for himself if they were there. He stated he was armed to help rescue them. He surrendered peacefully when he found no evidence that underage children were being harbored in the restaurant,” according to Fox 5 DC.

You can read the full charging documents filed by prosecutors below:

Welch brought two guns into the restaurant, police said in a press release.

They described the gun he was armed with as he entered Comet pizza as an “assault rifle,” in a tweet.

A third gun was found in his vehicle, police said.

Interim D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham told the Washington Post officers responded within minutes after the first call and surrounded the restaurant.

The packed restaurant, located in the 5000 block of Connecticut Avenue, was evacuated, along with other nearby businesses.

Welch fired at least one shot into the floor of the restaurant after it was empty, NBC Washington reports.

“His demeanor was bizarre, in that if you come in to a place to eat, you ask for a host or grab a seat at the bar,” bartender Lee Elmore told the news site. “Didn’t make any eye contact, didn’t talk with anybody.”

Newsham said Welch surrendered about 45 minutes after he walked into the restaurant, according to the Post.

An employee of the restaurant told the owner of a neighboring store, Bradley Graham, that Welch went into the kitchen of the restaurant, “presumably looking for the alleged tunnels” used to hide, torture and traffic children, the Post reports.

Gareth Wade, who was eating pizza in the restaurant, told the Post a server came out and said, “A man had just walked into the building, passed us into the back of the building, he seemed to have a shotgun or a rifle-type of [gun] and said we ought to vacate the building.”

Other people have gone to the restaurant to search for the tunnels, WUSA-TV reports.

“They putting a lot of curses and spells over the city,” a woman who was trying to find the tunnels told WUSA. “All this underground tunnel that helps them take the kids and transport them back and forth so they can do these rituals.”

Another person entered the restaurant and live-streamed video during a busy dinner hour, the New York Times reports.


2. The ‘PizzaGate’ Theory Spread on Social Media & Reddit Over the Past Month, Leading to Threats Against Comet Ping Pong

The “PizzaGate” conspiracy theory spread on social media, including Facebook and Twitter, and on Reddit, until it was banned from discussion on that website.

The owners and employees of the Comet Ping Pong pizza place told the New York Times they received threats because of the debunked theory, which many have said was spread as “fake news” to try to bring down Hillary Clinton and her campaign.

“From this insane, fabricated conspiracy theory, we’ve come under constant assault,” James Alefantis, Comet’s owner, told the Times in a November 21 report. “I’ve done nothing for days but try to clean this up and protect my staff and friends from being terrorized.”

Comet’s general manager Bryan Reh told the Times, “It’s like trying to shoot a swarm of bees with one gun,” of the threats and messages he and the restaurant were receiving on social media.

The harassment also spread to nearby businesses.

“For the last month, we have ALL filed police reports, called the FBI and NOTHING had been done to address the daily attacks, the harassment and the death threats we all received,” Terasol Bistor and Artisan Gallery, located near the pizza restaurant, said on Facebook on Sunday. “The fake news MUST cease and MUST be taken down and the callers who attack us, the ones who are disparaging us online and blasting lies must be brought to justice. ENOUGH!!!!”

Police had previously been investigating the threats against Comet.

Brian Fallon, who was the press secretary for the Clinton campaign, tweeted about the incident Sunday:

President-Elect Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser, retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, has come under fire for tweeting a link to another story about another debunked conspiracy theory claiming Clinton and Democrats are involved in a child sex ring.

Flynn’s son and chief of staff, Michael G. Flynn, doubled down on the conspiracy theories Sunday night in a new tweet:

After Sunday’s incident, Alefantis gave a statement to reporters outside the restaurant, which you can watch below:

“Comet Ping Pong has been a beloved institution in Washington for the past decade. We are heartened by the support and loyalty of our customers and community. They are our lifeblood and we will continue to serve them joyfully for the decade to come and beyond,” Alefantis said.

The Comet owner said they are “deeply grateful” to police who responded “swiftly” to the call. He said he is “confident” they will be able to operate safely and securely moving forward.


3. Welch Struck a Teenager With His Car During an October 2016 Incident, Police Say

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Maddison Welch. (Facebook)

Edgar Maddison Welch struck a teenager with his car, sending him to the hospital by helicopter, in October 2016, according to a report by WBTV.

The incident happened about 7:30 p.m. in Salisbury, North Carolina, the news station reports. Kenyatta Belton, 13, suffered head, torso and leg injuries after he was truck by Welch’s Buick LeSabre.

Witnesses told the news station that the victim was walking with several other friends when he was struck by the car.

“We was walking down the road, just a normal walk, and this one car had the full road,” Belton’s friend, Sean Lankford, told the news station. “We was pretty much on the white line and he wiped out one of my friends and he had the whole road to turn into even the whole other lane, even in the same lane he could have avoided him.”

“My friend is really really badly hurt, it’s just a normal walk gone bad and one car made a big difference,” Lankford told WBTV.

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Edgar Maddison Welch. (Facebook)

Welch was not charged at the scene. Police told WBTV he was driving about 45 miles per hour, which is the speed limit on the road.

According to a police report obtained by Slate, the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Welch has a criminal record, including a conviction for driving under the influence in 2013, which led to a sentence of 60 days in jail, according to court records. He was previously convicted in 2007 of driving after consuming alcohol while under 21.


4. He Has Been an Actor & Graduated From Cape Fear Community College in 2007

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Edgar Maddison Welch.(Facebook)

Welch has had a brief career in the film industry, according to an IMDB profile. He was a production assistant on two independent films, “The Mill” and “A Tale About Bootlegging” and was an actor in another film, “The Bleeding” in 2009.

He also is credited as a writer on the short film “Mute.”

On social media, many of those who believe in the false PizzaGate theory are pointing to Welch’s past in movies as proof he is a “crisis actor,” hired to carry out a “false flag” operation at Comet pizza.

Welch’s father, Harry Welch Jr., is also credited on “The Mill,” according to IMDB.

Harry Welch Jr. is a former police officer, firearms instructor and expert witness on firearms, according to his IMDB profile. He also writes that his family has hosted foster children and has worked to prevent child abuse.

He was, “elected President of the North Carolina Crime Stoppers Association (two terms). Served as Executive Director for Protect-A-Child, a national, non-profit organization to prevent abuse and abduction of children. Appointed by Governor Jim Martin to the Governor’s Commission on Child Victimization.”

Maddison Welch graduated from Cape Fear Community College in 2007, according to the Salisbury Post.

He was previously a member of the Locke Fire Department, a volunteer department in Salisbury, according to his Facebook page, where he goes by Maddison Welch.

Welch, a father of two daughters, has been a registered Republican since 2006, according to voter records.

His girlfriend, Miranda Reed, talked to Buzzfeed News on Facebook.

“I do wanna say that I have literally never met a more incredibly selfless, kind, caring an jus [sic] all around amazing man in my life,” she told Buzzfeed. “He would never do anything to harm anyone, regardless of accusations made against them…”

Edgar Maddison Welch. (Facebook)

Edgar Maddison Welch. (Facebook)

On his Facebook page, Welch “likes” conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and his website, Infowars, and has posted anti-Muslim videos in the past.

In 2014, Welch shared a Youtube video on his Facebook page titled “Bible prophecy and the Coming Muslim anti-Christ,” writing, “great, please watch,” along with two quotes from the Bible.

In 2015, he shared a video called “A Message to President Obama from a former Muslim,” in which a man explains that ISIS is representative of the entire Muslim religion, and says stopping Islam will stop terrorism.

He also shared several videos and posts about how the “end of times” is coming soon.


5. Welch Was Charged With Assault With a Dangerous Weapon & the Investigation Is Ongoing

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Edgar Maddison Welch. (Facebook)

Welch has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (gun), D.C. Metro Police said in a press release.

Assault with a dangerous weapon is a felony in Washington, D.C. that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

He is also charged with carrying a pistol without a license and unlawful discharge of a firearm, both felonies. Welch is facing a fourth charge, a misdemeanor for illegal possession of a gun.

You can read the police incident report, obtained by The Washingtonian, below:

Three of the charges he was accused of by police were dropped by prosecutors.

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing, according to police.

“Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the text tip line by text messaging 50411,” police said.

Welch appeared in court for the first time Monday and was arraigned on the charges. He was ordered held without bail. Another hearing is scheduled for Thursday to determine if he will be held until trial or if bail will be set.

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  1. This ugly ass should be charged with running down that poor man. Why isn’t he? Alt Right defending him? Get his ass off of the streets. He is a danger to everyone out there. I wonder how that poor child is he ran over. WHY ISN’T HE IN JAIL NOW???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • This whole thing was just a false flag planted by radicalized left-wing liberal socialist extremists, for the purpose of attacking & destroying all alternative news sources. They want to contrl the information. It’s clueless delusional left-wing liberal halfwits like YOU that should be institutionalized.

      • Jesus Christ, Jody, do you REALLY hear yourself??? You’re comparing a citizen stopping by a local pizza parlor to enjoy a slice and being accosted by some private citizen vigilante to something the BLM supposedly have done! Do you actually hear what you are saying? Do you have a single ounce of rationality left? Lastly, do you pay any taxes? Your defense of regarding happened is beyond bizarre, and your comments sure sound like a lot of those folks who refuse to pay taxes, but expect the rest of who live paycheck to paycheck to pay your fair share.

    • “we was walking…”
      …apparently not to school, unless it’s a government union school. He should have been ran over on bad grammar alone.

      • “we was walking . . ” so, your take on the story is that people with bad grammar deserve to be hit by a car? And what is a “government union school?” Why don’t you and your buddies put on your white robes and caps, and go back to the rock you crawled out from under.

        • Um, nope, he’s not. Snopes lists citations. That’s literally all they do: They debunk stories and memes based on actual, verified facts that thy then cite. The reason you wingnut Republicans, fascists, white supremacists, etc. have to deride Snopes and claim they’re somehow “biased” despite the fact that they provide verified sources for everything they use as information, is that you guys literally believe the opposite of the verified truth on just about everything. An you see the result here: a maniac who is different from you only in one aspect; he took action on the nonsense he believes, while you maniacs sit there and regurgitate things only an actual idiot cold possibly be gullible enough to believe.

          You people are pathetic.

        • Gman and Anxiety, what are your pristine, unimpeachable sources. I sure see Donnie Boy’s groupies slam any source that confirms a story they can’t stand, but they ALWAYS fail to name any of their sources . . . could it be that you all live in Wishful Thinking Land?

    • Right, I forgot, facts have a liberal bias. Whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty?” Sure there’s bias everywhere, but when you ignore it, you still find that Pizzagate is a bunch of people who can’t get over the fact that Trump won’t put Clinton in jail and are trying to do everything they can to make it appear that there’s some massive scandal going on. It’s the same thing as “John Podesta is a satanist”- people want to believe that there’s an occult group of elite, when in reality, the elite are just there. In the end, the rich are just fairly normal people with a LOT of resources, but that doesn’t mean that they have different base behaviors and enjoy power any differently than we would, no matter how far back their ancestry of wealth goes. If you ask me, the alt-right spends a little too much time worrying about Soros&co, and could really use some reading up on the Koch brothers. If you think they’re any more done with the party and the white house for the next four years than Soros is, you’re fooling yourself.

      • Not to mention, it was Trump who was partying with a convicted child molester and talked about what a great guy he is – he said he just likes his women on the young side ha ha. But I don’t see this guy investigating Trump’s hotel with his rifle.

      • The people you call the alt-right do research the Koch brothers. We arent alt-right, we are centered. We don’t like either side and we call both out. Don’t get upset because you lefties have so much more to focus on. That’s your problem, not ours.

    • So what are your unimpeachable sources, Gman? Alex Jones? Fox News? LMAO! Hey, try finishing fourth grade. . . . they teach entry-level geography and history there . . . you might learn sumpin’!

  2. “Tom Cleary is a reporter and editor for Heavy.com. Tom was a breaking news reporter at the Connecticut Post and an editor at the Register Citizen and New Haven Register.”

    So Tom, do you prefer your dominoes with cheese or pasta?

  3. loser, it’s NOT radicalized left-wing liberal socialist extremists, those people are cool bernie bros and are in standing rock right now. The culprits are Globalist, Bilderberger, Rothschild Bank Zionist Neo-Liberals, and they are very very very different from us. Update yourself, dude. You are outdated.

    • Ah, your average republican voter shows up: fascist, anti-Semitic, and regurgitating weaponized stupidity at every turn.

      Republicans own this now.

  4. why choose 3 pm on a Sunday to do this? seems like it was either done on a whim, planned dumb as shit, or he wanted to be caught and identified.

    • Why do it at all . . . even if you’re a regular fake news story like this guy . . . who anointed him to be the Pizzagate Vigilante?

  5. Fake news are sites like Snopes, New York Times, etc. The leaked emails from Podesta clearly indicate something is going on.

    • Agreed but most people will fall for these as “real” with the “facts”. Yes, the emails tell a twisted story. Too bad most of the naysayers won’t ever read them or be able to put it together.

  6. John and Tony Podesta’s art interests have consequences. They seem to love images of children in suspiciously compromised/violent positions as well as the spirit cooking sickness. They need to explain their dangerous interests.

    • You don’t get it–it’s a FAKE news story . . . there’s NOTHING to investigate. Even the guy who started the story (i.e., who was electronically traced to) said it was fake. That’s why Donnie fired Gen. Flynn’s son . . . what else does it take for Trump groupies to overcome their paranoia?

      • Yeah, that’s why Trump fired Gen. Flynn’s son for propagating this fake news story . . . or is that fake news too? Man, no wonder why you guys are so pissed off . . . you think all these stories are TRUE . . . dude, chill, it ain’t worth raising your BP and shortening your life over LIES!!

  7. Tom Cleary your butt is showing as a liberal talking head, helping those evil bastards to spread more lies. You sources should be shut down for their bias and pure propaganda. Snopes?? Excuse-me why I laugh…

    • What are YOUR sources . . . yes, Alex Jones is recognized world-wide or his commitment to the paranois—ooops, I meant truth . . . yeah, right!!!

  8. John and Tony Podesta’s art interests have consequences. They seem to love images of children in suspiciously compromised/violent positions as well as the spirit cooking sickness. They need to explain their dangerous interests.

  9. The usual M.O. They’re so transparent for those of us in the know.

    Create the problem= put out fake news by their own people but in the name of “conspiracy” theorists.

    Create incident due to their actions.

    Offer the solution= Ban every independent websites questioning their own fake news. Ban guns etc.

  10. This is a total HOAX. The guy is ‘registered Republican’ they are sure to note, trying to conflate him with a ‘white, racist Trump supporter gun nut’ and the cheesy photo with all the cheap beers. Meanwhile his dad works for a ‘charity’ that is involved with the issue of CHILD SLAVERY in Haiti. Meanwhile, Beyond Borders, a Hillary associated ‘charity’ also works with Haitian orphans. SOOOOO many kids to traffick, so little time for these sick, Satanic pedophiles.

    • Jesus, it’s like the idiots who started the Satanic Panic in the 80s never stopped believing. Seriously, the entire right wing is now a fever swamp of stupidity, anti-Semitism, mania, and mental illness.

      • I don’t get it: so many pro-Trumpeters seem on the verge of hysteria or a nervous breakdown. Others are enraged that anti-Trumpistas continue to be disgusted by Trump and refuse to say nice things about him. What’s going on? Is Trump some kind of Golden Calf?

    • LOLOL Trump supporters: label anything that hurts their poor feelings as “fake news”. What happened to being against political correctness? LMAO!!!

  11. This is what I dread. Right winging, gun lovers that think everything is a conspiracy and think they can parade their penis extension, excuse me, gun in a public venue and intimidate those around them. You failed jerk. Now you’re a felon. Good luck getting a job now, LOL.

  12. No evidence?!?!? This is a MAJOR cover-up. NYPD found proof on Wiener’s laptop and Obama’s DOJ shut down the investigation. It’s real. YouTube it. Too much circumstantial evidence. There is definitely something strange going on…!!!

  13. These are the type of uneducated whites that voted this moron in. God i been prayin erry night he gets assassinated. *crosses fingers and toes*

    Sincerely
    California

    • Woah what the hell? You want a democratically elected president to be assassinated? You’re sounding exactly the like far right-wing nazis did in 2008 when Obama won. They were called pathetic trash, and so are you.

    • I can’t stand Trunp,, but I would NEVER want his assassinated. If you want dismiss him from office, there are legal, non-violent means to do so.

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  15. Wow they put more effort into “investigating” this crisis actor than they did looking into #pizzagate! Pathetic journalism you got there, Heavy!

  16. So the Left leaning Hillary Supporting Snopes has debunked Pizzagate and the Left Leaning Soros Donated News informer The New York Times also has debunked it..really ?..and we are supposed to trust Snopes who feeds of the New York Times..? the founders and proprietors of Snopes, have been found on many occasions to have “erred” on the side of the truth best benefiting the Left’s narrative on issues. The very fact the website quotes heavily from the self-identified Left-leaning New York Times illustrates an out-of-the-box bias from the start.
    To wit, just as with any online “resource,” you should do your own homework when it comes to fact-checking. Most often it isn’t that hard to divine the truth and you will be better informed with first-source information for doing so. In a world where everyone believes their opinions to be valid, all of us are forced to do our due diligence in the quest for the truth.

    • Why is Snopes left-leaning? Because it debunks your crazy fake news stories? Or? I’d love to hear your reasons for believing so.

    • Soros donated money to the New York Times? Not only is the NYT a for-profit organization, therefore, isn’t eligible to take charitable donations. But where are your non-YouTube, non-Alex Jones-ilk incontrovertible proof for such claims . . . including “the many times the founders and proprietors of Snopes have been found on may occasion to have “errred” on the side of the truth best benefiting the Left’s narrative . . .” where’s your proof for that too . . . what’s that . . . you don’t have any . . . well, surprise, surprise! Trumpers are great at rabid rants, but are ceaselessly angry because they believe all the alt-right “shit” they claim to be news . . . obviously, another alumnus of Trump University . . . say no more!

  17. Yep. Another one of the crazies that got Donald Dump elected. Somehow they’re the only ones that can’t see how crazy they are.

  18. They forgot to mention the film welch did called something about pizza where he is a gunman, this story just shouts false flag.

    • Fluffbunny . . . get thee to a classroom to learn objective thinking . . . and then get thee to a library and READ!!! Of course, it won’t have that schlock you’re used to!

  19. There’s a Harry Welch on instantcheckmate.com from Salisbury, NC charged with rape, disseminating harmful material to a juvenile, intimidation of crime victim or witness, and gross sexual imposition in 1994 (WARNING: It is not indisputably connected that these are the same two Harry Welch’s as there is no exact address that can be matched, only the city, state, and zip. instantcheckmate.com also cannot 100% certify that all of its information is accurate, I am only assuming that they are the same individual. Assuming they are, how has someone with that record been placed on the NC governor’s commission for child victimization and received father of the year awards?

  20. Edgar Maddison Welch is a registered Republican from South Carolina. He quotes the book of Romans in his social media posts targeting Muslims, he has Bible verses tattooed on his back. Base on this, one would think he identifies with Christians. And Republicans.

    He has committed an act of domestic terrorism, basing his actions in response to false-news posts on social media, some posts coming from National Security Advisor nominee Michael Flynn.

    So is Edgar Madison Welch a
    self-radicalized Radical Christian Terrorist
    or a
    self-radicalized Radical Conservative Terrorist
    or a
    self-radicalized Radical Republican Terrorist?

    Because he is one of the three, if not all three.

    Self-radicalized Radical Conservative Christian Republican Terrorist.

  21. Stop pointing fingers at others point at yourself.Stop putting yourself into groups(lib,commi,alt.right)What is wrong with you people! I don’t have to put myself into a group I’m my own person with many ideals I can’t put myself in any box.If you listen to all news no matter how ridiculous it my sound then in the end you kind of get the point of the story.It’s all there, open your minds and stop getting pissed off at the first couple of minutes of reading or watching something.There’s always going to be assholes and good people in the world it’s the yin and the yang the balance.Don’t silence free speech or press!!!!!!!!!!

  22. When was this debunked? As far as I know, and I don’t really know much about this story, it’s never been investigated. Just saw an interesting segment by Ben Swann of cbs46 out of Atlanta about this. There were a lot of compelling details in it. I recommend the 5 min YouTube view.

  23. Edgar Madison Welch: Freemason family, typical freemason satanist false flag crisis actor, just like his dad. This family is a bunch of pedo satanists that belong in front of a firing squad.