Arrested Woman Allegedly Says She Was Allowed Inside Capitol
Capitol riot attendee argued she was allowed inside the building on January 6 because she looked up the hours online and it said it was open
An alleged Capitol riot attendee, who prosecutors say boasted about her presence at the pro-Trump insurrection on social media, told authorities that she had permission to be in the Capitol on January 6 because she had previously looked up the building’s operating hours to confirm it was open so she could tour the site.
Stephanie Baez, a 27-year-old California woman, told authorities she traveled to Washington, DC, in January to attend then-President Donald Trump’s rally and to look at medical schools, according to court documents.
She was arrested in connection to the riot on Friday in Alabama, according to the Department of Justice.
Around January 6, the FBI received an anonymous tip pointing authorities to an Instagram user who posted videos of herself during the riot. The tipster identified the user as Baez and officials confirmed her identity using her listed phone number and California Department of Motor Vehicle records, the criminal complaint said.
The FBI was later alerted to another video posted to Instagram of Baez being interviewed in front of what appeared to be the Capitol on January 6, court records said. The video was captioned, “Girl is ‘Looking for Proud Boy!'” a seeming reference to the neo-fascist group whose members were present during the Capitol attack.
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