The young woman pictured holding the broken name plate belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the MAGA riots at the US Capitol was identified by her high school friends after she posted video of the mayhem on Snapchat, the FBI said.
Emily Hernandez, of Sullivan, Missouri, was charged on Friday with with five counts, including disorderly conduct that impedes the conduct of government business and the stealing or disposing of government property.
She had not been arrested as of early Saturday afternoon, according to court documents.
Her home phone number rang unanswered.
Video from the events filmed by British television station ITV shows a young woman holding up the name plate, though it was shattered moments earlier by a man. It is unclear if that individual has been identified.
The woman photographed holding a splintered name plate taken from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the January 6 MAGA riot at the United States Capitol has been identified by federal authorities as Emily Hernandez of Sullivan, Missouri
Hernandez (seen left holding the splintered name plate at the US Capitol on January 6) was charged on Friday with with five counts, including disorderly conduct that impedes the conduct of government business and the stealing or disposing of government property
The FBI says it received several tips from people who recognized Hernandez, including high school friends and those who saw a video she is said to have posted of the riot on Snapchat
The name plate will cost $870 to replace, according to the FBI. It was first installed on January 3, 2019 just after the Democrats took back the House of Representatives and named Pelosi speaker
The allegations against Hernandez were described in a complaint sheet filed by the FBI
The name plate will cost $870 to replace, according to federal authorities.
The FBI received online tips from at least three people saying Hernandez was the person seen in TV news footage holding up a broken engraved piece of wood bearing the words ‘House’ and ‘Nancy’ during the storming of the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, an agent wrote in an affidavit.
One of the tipsters told the FBI that Hernandez posted video of her breaching the Capitol and holding Pelosi’s nameplate on Snapchat, KMOV.com is reporting.
The riot happened on January 6 as Congress was meeting to vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win.
The name plate was shattered by an unidentified man (seen above in the red circle)
The man pictured above was caught on news footage taken by the British television station ITV smashing Pelosi’s name plate
The image above shows Hernandez triumphantly holding up the splintered name plate during the chaos on January 6
Hernandez was also wearing a shirt that bore the logo of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, hinting that she was from Missouri
Five people died in the mayhem.
Law enforcement officials across the country have been working to locate and arrest suspects who committed federal crimes and have brought dozens of cases in federal court and the District of Columbia Superior Court.
Sullivan is located about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis.
Local media reports that Hernandez is a graduate of Sullivan High School’s Class of 2018.
Hernandez isn’t the only one in legal hot water for allegedly storming the Capitol and taking one of Pelosi’s office belongings.
Richard Barnett will remain in custody
Richard Barnett of Gravette, Arkansas, was photographed in Pelosi’s office lounging in her chair and putting his feet on her desk.
A federal judge in Washington on Friday night halted a plan to release Barnett to house arrest.
Barnett will instead be brought to Washington, D.C., immediately for proceedings in his case, Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ordered Friday night, staying a decision by another judge to confine Barnett to his home in Gravette until his trial.
Howell’s ruling came hours after US Magistrate Judge Erin Wiedemann in Arkansas set a $5,000 bond for Barnett and ordered that a GPS monitor track his location.
Wiedemann also prohibited Barnett from using the internet or having contact with anyone else who participated in the January 6 violence.
Barnett, 60, who has proudly referred to himself as a white nationalist on social media, was among supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol as lawmakers assembled to certify President-elect Joe Biden´s victory over Trump.
‘If (Barnett) will travel across the country and engage in this level of criminal behavior because he believes that he is right and it is the Electoral College that is wrong, what would deter him?’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Harris said.
Barnett was photographed during the Capitol riot inside Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office with his feet on her desk. He smiled and laughed as he lounged in her chair and he allegedly left a threatening note on her desk
Barnett, 60, was among supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol as lawmakers assembled to certify President-elect Joe Biden´s victory over Trump
Barnett is charged with unlawfully entering a restricted area with a lethal weapon – a stun gun.
Barnett is also charged with disorderly conduct and theft of public property. He faces up to 11.5 months in prison if convicted.
‘I think your honor can shape a release order that provides a sufficient array of conditions that will allow my client to be released, that will allow my client to effectively defend himself and… will allow him to build enough of a `fence’ around him that if he stumbles, it will be brought to your honor’s attention almost immediately,’ Anthony Siano, Barnett’s attorney, told the judge during the hearing.
He surrendered voluntarily January 8 to FBI agents at the Benton County Sheriff´s Office in Bentonville, Arkansas, and has remained in the Washington County jail since then.
During Friday’s hearing, prosecutors showed pictures of Barnett sitting at a desk in Pelosi’s office and Capitol security video of him inside the building.
They also showed footage of him bragging on a bullhorn to a crowd outside the Capitol about taking an envelope from the speaker’s office.
Prosecutors also cited concerns that Barnett had not turned over the stun gun or the cell phone he took with him to Washington.