A Connecticut mother and her teenage daughter are among the latest people arrested for their alleged role in the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol.
Jean Lavin, 56, and Carla Krzywicki, 19, of the eastern town of Canterbury, were arrested on Tuesday after federal officials said video footage had captured them protesting inside the U.S. Capitol in amidst the violence while carrying a pro-Trump sign and wearing similar clothing.
The couple climbed on a bike rack that had been turned into a ladder to access the Capitol while carrying a sign saying “Trump won.” The other side of the sign read “Don’t allow 7 Cheat States to hijack our election,” according to a copy of the complaint obtained by HuffPost.
Once inside the building, they reportedly took photos, which Krzywicki then posted on Facebook.
“It’s ancient history,” read the teenager’s post, since deleted, according to a copy shared by prosecutors. “We’re not going to burn your town down and steal your business. We come for the government officials who are ruining our country. We go straight to the source. Change must happen. This is our home and you work for us.
Lavin and Krzywicki were questioned by FBI agents in June. In addition to video and photo evidence documenting their presence at the Capitol, their phone numbers were found to have been used inside the building, prosecutors said.
Lavin “said they walked into the Capitol just to look around out of curiosity,” an FBI agent reported. Krzywicki “said she posted a photo on Facebook, but then deleted it because it seemed like a bad idea to leave it out.”
A criminal complaint was filed Thursday by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, but was unsealed Tuesday after an arrest warrant was issued.
The couple face charges of entering or staying in a restricted building or land, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or land; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parade, demonstration or picket in a Capitol building, according to the prosecution documents.
Attempts to reach Lavin and Krzywicki for comment on Tuesday were not immediately successful. No lawyer has been listed as the representative in court documents.
Nearly 600 people have been indicted in the insurgency that erupted as Congress met to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral victory over current President Donald Trump. On Saturday, a second far-right rally, dubbed “Justice for J6”, is scheduled on Capitol Hill to defend the hundreds of people indicted in the riot.
Federal authorities continue to seek assistance in identifying those involved in the January 6 attack.
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