Who is Ryan Bartels? Wiki, Biography, Age, Anti Masker, Arrest, Investigation

Ryan Bartels

Ryan Bartels Wiki – Ryan Bartels Biography

Ryan Bartels is a Virginia man who has been accused on social media of being the anti-masker who yelled “1776!” at a woman on a New York City subway after she said she was scared in a now-viral video.

Bartels, a former CarMax employee who most recently lived in Richmond, has not made a public statement confirming or denying whether he was the person in the video.

CarMax replied to tweets that mentioned him by name, saying that they did not condone the behaviour in the video and said he had not worked for them since May 2021.

The company did not name Bartels in its statement but responded to people who asked whether Bartels worked for the used car dealer chain by saying, “This individual has not worked for our company since May 2021.”


He is 27 years old.

Incident Details

The incident occurred on August 15, 2021, on the Q subway train in New York City. Officials with the NYPD and the MTA have not commented whether an investigation into the incident is ongoing. According to the MTA, masks are required on subways in New York City.

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The MTA says on its website, “It’s required, and it’s the right thing to do. Make sure it covers your nose and mouth. If you’ve forgotten your mask, we’ll have some available at station booths—for kids and adults! You can also purchase a mask from PPE vending machines that we’re testing in 10 stations. Riders who refuse to wear a mask could get a $50 fine.”

The viral video showed a man yelling “1776!” at a woman on the subway. It was posted on Twitter and TikTok by a user who goes by Naviko and @Subway_DJ. The man was not wearing a mask, while the woman was. Navico wrote on Twitter, “We need to find out who this guy is and where he works because this was absolutely unacceptable. Unhinged # more antimask #Antivaxxer bullied an elderly woman on the #subway #NYC today.”

At the beginning of the video, the woman could tell him that she wished he would be fined $50 for not wearing his mask. When he leaned closer, he could be heard saying in a mocking tone in the woman’s face, “I’m so afraid!” He stepped back after she said, “Please get away from me sir.”

But the video then cut briefly and returned to show him chanting “1776!” at her while shaking a fist in the air. He then points at the woman, who had stood up, “Sit, take a seat.” When someone told him to respect his elders, he replied: “I respect freedom.”


According to his LinkedIn profile, Bartels attended Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York, and then graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in commerce. According to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation alumni directory while at UVa, Bartels was a Ralph C. Wilson Jefferson Scholar.

Bartels Worked at CarMax

According to a LinkedIn profile that is now deleted, Bartels did work at CarMax as a product manager. However, Bartels has not made a public statement confirming or denying whether or not he was the man in the video.

Before being deleted, the profile indicated he had also worked as a private equity associate and an investment banking analyst.

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