Stephanie Baez, a woman who was recorded saying on Jan. 6 that she wanted to "find me a Proud Boy," a reference to the white supremacy
group, has been arrested in connection with the insurgency at the United States
Capitol that day.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Justice Department
, Baez was among the throng of Donald Trump supporters
who violently forced their way into the Capitol in an attempt to halt the tally of Electoral College votes
that confirmed Joe Biden
's victory in the 2020 presidential election
Stephanie Baez, who was recorded saying she was “looking for a Proud Boy,” was arrested in Alabama
today in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol attack
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Several videos, according to the complaint, show Baez inside the Capitol during the riot, wearing a black T-shirt with an image of dystopian author George Orwell on it and the words, "Boy did I call it or what?"
In one video, which appears to have been shot outside the Capitol, Baez is asked about the Proud Boys
, several of whose members have since been prosecuted for their role in the Capitol insurgency.
“I love the Proud Boys, and I want to find myself a Proud Boy,” Baez said before revealing her Instagram
According to the complaint, she boasted on Instagram that she was "inside" the Capitol on the afternoon of Jan. 6, and less than an hour later, she told another Instagram user that she was "fine" but "got a bit of tear gas
According to the complaint, Baez later admitted to the FBI
in an interview
that she was at the Capitol that day, having walked there after attending then-President Trump's rally.
She denied being in the building without permission.
According to the complaint, “the defendant... stated that everyone was calm and that there was no reason for anyone to believe that they were not allowed inside.”
“The defendant also stated that some people
were simply following groups, and she believes it is insane not to take that into account,” the report continued.
To date, more than 465 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol riot
, according to the Department of Justice
“The Department of Justice’s determination to hold those responsible for crimes committed on January 6th has not waned and will not wane,” the Justice Department said in a statement Friday.
Reporting was contributed by Ryan J. Reilly.