A retired NYPD officer captured on surveillance footage festively shaking a tambourine contained in the Capitol Rotunda in the course of the lethal Jan. 6 siege surrendered to the FBI Tuesday morning.
Sara Carpenter, 51, of Richmond Hill, Queens, is charged with one depend every of knowingly getting into or remaining in a restricted constructing, disorderly conduct or disruptive conduct in a restricted constructing, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
In safety footage, the ex-cop may be seen contained in the Rotunda sporting a purple hat, inexperienced coat and black boots, as she twirls round and shakes the tambourine, prosecutors allege.
The FBI acquired an nameless tip on Jan. 7 after she referred to as a relative and admitted she had been contained in the Capitol constructing in the course of the riot and stated she had been teargassed earlier than returning house that night time, a prison grievance states.
On Jan. 18, the FBI interviewed Carpenter, who stated she drove to Washington, DC, to affix a pro-Trump rally. “Carpenter said that on the rally level, she heard President Trump’s phrases on the jumbo televisions and audio system instructing individuals to rally again, not depart, and march to the Capitol,” the grievance alleges.
The ex-cop marched to the Capitol with a mob of Trump supporters as a joint session of Congress convened to certify President Biden’s victory.
She informed brokers that whereas contained in the Rotunda, she was trampled and pepper-sprayed as police ordered the intruders to go away. Carpenter took video of the anarchic scene, which she forwarded to the brokers, the grievance says.
Throughout a court-ordered search of her house, brokers recovered the clothes she had worn and the tambourine.
She appeared in Brooklyn federal courtroom on a grievance out of Washington, DC, and was launched with out bail.
Greater than 300 individuals have been arrested in reference to the storming of the Capitol that left 5 individuals lifeless.