A woman from Pennsylvania
was arrested Monday in Mechanicsburg on suspicion of filming an attack
on a New York Times
photojournalist inside the United States
Capitol on Jan. 6 and screaming
at the attackers to spray the photographer with mace.
According to an FBI
affidavit that did not name the victim, Sandra S. Weyer, also known as Sandy Pomeroy Weyer, recorded several men assaulting the photographer, who can be heard screaming in the video, and as the photographer got up, approached her assailants, and attempted to retrieve her backpack, Weyer allegedly yelled, "Fucking traitor, get the fuck out!" and "Get her out! Mace her!"
According to the FBI, the assault occurred on a staircase near the Capitol Rotunda and was captured on surveillance video.
Weyer allegedly posted about the Capitol storming on Facebook
several times, including livestreams that were removed.
According to the affidavit, Weyer said in an exchange on a photo of herself and several others outside the Capitol, “I saw no riots. I saw Patriots sick of being lied to and the election
being stolen from us! I saw no violence from the Patriots!”
“I did what needed to be done! I'm satisfied,” she allegedly told another person.
According to the affidavit, the photographer was approached by four or five men, one of whom asked, "Who do you shoot for?" When she did not respond, one of them grabbed her press credentials.
According to the document, “once the men saw the credentials were from the New York Times, the men became agitated and angry,” and pushed her to the ground, taking her camera. She told the FBI she tried to fight them off and screamed for help, then chased after them to try to retrieve her camera.
According to the FBI, another video shows Weyer in a crowd outside the Capitol chanting "Let us in!" and "Break that door!"
She was charged with obstructing an official proceeding, disorderly and disruptive conduct, and violent entry, among other things.
She appears to be a strong supporter of Doug Mastriano
, a Republican
state senator from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, who was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and whose campaign spent thousands of dollars chartering buses to ferry supporters to D.C.
for a Donald Trump
rally that sparked the attack on Congress
Weyer, who was pictured with Samuel Lazar, a man on the FBI's Capitol riot
wanted list who was filmed spraying mace toward police
officers on Jan. 6, rode one of those buses to the event, according to a New Yorker profile of the senator published last month.
Last month, Mastriano condemned Lazar's actions after Stardia published multiple images of the senator posing with the extremist, whom Mastriano claims he did not vet.
Weyer is scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge
via video link on Thursday.