New Jersy man bragged at work about storming the Capitol

New Jersy man bragged at work about storming the Capitol feds say. His coworkers called the FBI. A Camden County man has been charged with four federal crimes accusing him of participating in the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 after several coworkers reported him to the FBI, authorities said.

Two coworkers of Donald Smith at UPS hub in Lawnside submitted tips to the FBI that Smith showed them videos from inside the Capitol, bragging about it being “the best day of his life,” charging documents say.

Smith is charged with entering a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, violent entry on Capitol grounds, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

The first tip was placed on Jan. 9, three days after the riot. A second and third tip came in on Jan. 12 and 13, charging documents say.

“I work with a man who showed up with pictures and video of him and others storming the white house (sic). He says he was in Nancy Pelosis office and that it was the best day of his life,” the second tip read.

A third tipster sent the FBI a photo of their television which what appears to be a video of Smith inside the building, charging documents say.

Coworkers told FBI agents during interviews that Smith was not at work on Jan. 6, and told coworkers on Jan. 7 that he “had a great time” sitting inside Pelosi’s office, the criminal case against Smith alleges.

Smith’s exact residence was not in the court papers, but the FBI tracked his cell phone and was in Lindenwold early in the morning of Jan. 6, then late at night the same day. It was also in the nation’s capital during the day.

The FBI said the phone traveled traveled south from Lindenwold at 6:53 a.m., hitting cell stations in Carneys Point, New Jersey, Newark, Delaware, then Aberdeen, Maryland and Baltimore to Silver Spring, Maryland an arrived in Washington at about 10:08 a.m.

At approximately 6:24 p.m., Smith’s phone started the journey north, hitting the same spots in reverse, and arrived in Lindenwold at 9:08 p.m., the criminal complaint says.

Smith was arrested on Thursday in Lindenwold, arrest documents show.

No lawyer is listed for him in court records.
Donald Smith of N.J. was charged in connection to the Capitol riots.

Donald Smith of New Jersey was charged in connection to the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol Building

is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation

(“FBI”), currently assigned to the Philadelphia Division South Jersey Resident Agency. As a
Special Agent, I am authorized by law or by a Government agency to engage in or supervise the
prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of violations of Federal criminal laws.
The U.S. Capitol is secured 24 hours a day by U.S. Capitol Police. Restrictions around the
U.S. Capitol include permanent and temporary security barriers and posts manned by U.S. Capitol
Police. Only authorized people with appropriate identification are allowed access inside the U.S.
Capitol. On January 6, 2021, the exterior plaza of the U.S. Capitol was also closed to members of
the public.

On January 6, 2021, a joint session of the United States Congress convened at the U.S.
Capitol, which is located at First Street, SE, in Washington, D.C. During the joint session, elected
members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate were meeting
in separate chambers of the United States Capitol to certify the vote count of the Electoral College
of the 2020 Presidential Election, which had taken place on November 3, 2020. The joint session
began at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Shortly thereafter, by approximately 1:30 p.m., the House and
Senate adjourned to separate chambers to resolve a particular objection. Vice President Mike
Pence was present and presiding, first in the joint session, and then in the Senate chamber.

As the proceedings continued in both the House and the Senate, and with Vice President
Mike Pence present and presiding over the Senate, a large crowd gathered outside the U.S. Capitol.
As noted above, temporary and permanent barricades were in place around the exterior of the U.S.
Capitol building, and U.S. Capitol Police were present and attempting to keep the crowd away
from the Capitol building and the proceedings underway inside.

At such time, the certification proceedings were still underway and the exterior doors and
windows of the U.S. Capitol were locked or otherwise secured. Members of the U.S. Capitol Police
attempted to maintain order and keep the crowd from entering the Capitol; however, shortly after
2:00 p.m., individuals in the crowd forced entry into the U.S. Capitol, including by breaking
windows and by assaulting members of the U.S. Capitol Police, as others in the crowd encouraged
and assisted those acts.

Shortly thereafter, at approximately 2:20 p.m., members of the United States House of
Representatives and United States Senate, including the President of the Senate, Vice President
Mike Pence, were instructed to—and did—evacuate the chambers. Accordingly, the joint session
of the United States Congress was effectively suspended until shortly after 8:00 p.m. Vice
President Pence remained in the United States Capitol from the time he was evacuated from the
Senate Chamber until the sessions resumed.

During national news coverage of the aforementioned events, video footage which
appeared to be captured on mobile devices of persons present on the scene depicted evidence of
violations of local and federal law, including scores of individuals inside the U.S. Capitol building
without authority to be there.

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