More details have been released about the Minnesota woman charged in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Victoria White, 39, was taken into custody by the FBI Thursday morning, and has been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly or disruptive conduct; violent entry and disorderly conduct; impeding or attempting to impede law enforcement; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building; and obstruction of justice.
She made her first federal court appearance Thursday afternoon, with the prosecution being led by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
She came to the attention of the FBI via an anonymous tip that pointed out she was using a Facebook page under the name "Janice Marie Evans," which included photos and postings showing her "conduct" during the Storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6.
White was spotted on several videos at the scene, including one in which she appeared to be arguing with rioters who were trying to break glass at the Capitol building, and was observed trying to pull them away.
In another video, White was seen "raising fist and cheering as the rioters force a large flagpole into the entranceway where the MPD (Metropolitan Police Department) officers are standing guard."
She is then seen involved in the crowd pushing its way closer to the entrance to the Capitol, and "helps hoist up another rioter, who then makes his way to the entrance and proceeds to assault the MPD officers."
"White is seen pointing and cheering as the rioter swings from the top of the entranceway and kicks the MPD officers," the criminal complaint against her states.
Eventually, White came face-to-face with MPD officers carrying riot shields attempting to keep the crowd from entering the building.
"As the video progresses, the MPD officers attempt to push White back with their riot shields and fend her off with a baton," the complaint says. "White is seen in a red sweater, and it appears that she is attempting to grab a shield and uses her hand to block the baton."
Surveillance footage shows her passing through the crowd of police and entering the Capitol, where she is zip-tied by an officer, escorted through the Capitol, and taken to a police station for processing.
White described her experience at Minnesota bar
Among the evidence cited in the federal complaint is video and radio appearances by White in the days after the Capitol riot, in which White admitted being inside the building.
White's Facebook page lists her as being an "assistant to Larvita McFarquar [sic] of Havens Garden." McFarquhar and her Havens Gardens pub in Lynd, southwest Minnesota, hit the headlines in November when it was one of those that refused to close during Gov. Tim Walz's bar and restaurant shutdown at the peak of the COVID-19 virus.
On Jan. 8, Havens Garden posted that Victoria White and two others would be at the bar that evening to "tell their stories of what happened at the National Capital [sic]."
A Facebook Live video was posted showing McFarquhar and the trio talking about their experiences at the Capitol on Jan. 6, with Victoria White identifying herself at the beginning.
During the course of the video, White said that she was among the crowd that was pushing up against the line of D.C. Capitol Police, and during the course of the melee she told a police officer "You took an oath to the Constitution," and said the officer responding by hitting her "really hard on the head with a metal baton."
"As they're pushing, I ended up going into the police, and the police kind of pushed me back," she says, noting that she was "ping-ponging" back and forth in the line.
"And I end up in the Capitol inside the Capitol," she continues, and said when she got inside an officer "had me put my hands behind my back."
"I'm in this area with all these statues, and just a mass of police ... I'm inside the Capitol, yeah, and I don't see how anyone could have broke in because there was police in there," she said.
Here's the transcript included in the federal charges:
"Anyway, next think I know, we’re all pushing, everyone’s pushing to try to go to the next level, or so I assumed the next level. . . . So the doorway, people are trying to get through or push through. But when they are pushing, you have to understand, it’s like a mass of people. A lot of people crammed together and ya know the police are right there and they were like spraying everyone like macing them. And then I look at a police officer and I’m like, you took an oath to the Constitution, and apparently that didn’t sit so well with him, and he decided to hit me really hard on the head with a metal baton. And then the next thing I know there’s more hits coming, more mace coming at us, everyone there, and as they’re pushing, I end up going like into the police, which is kinda weird, and then the police push me back, and then it’s like I get ping ponged back. I don’t even know how to explain it, like it pushed back, ping ponged back. And I end up in the Capitol, inside the Capitol. And an officer had me put my hands behind my back, and he handed me off to someone else and off to someone else."
Video from the Capitol show that rioters broke through police lines and some smashed windows and broke through doors to gain entry to the Capitol, forcing an evacuation of senators.
White also states that at one point she was led through a tunnel where she saw "box cars." There is an extensive tunnel network beneath the Capitol connecting it to nearby Congressional buildings, which includes monorails.
Pictures from the day showed White near the stage where President Trump had spoken to his supporters ahead of the Capitol riot. Trump was later impeached by the U.S. House for inciting an insurrection, and despite a 57-43 vote to convict him in the Senate, it fell short of the 67-vote majority required.
Video from the Rochester Post Bulletin appears to show that White also organized a small "Stop The Steal" rally outside the Olmsted County Government Center in Rochester on Nov. 14.
Bring Me The News has reached out to Havens Garden for comment.
Second Minnesotan to be charged
White is the second Minnesota to be charged in connection to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Jordan Stotts, 31, of Moorhead was the first. He was arrested on March 19 and is charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
According to the charges, on Jan. 9, a former classmate of Stotts contacted the FBI about posts he made on Facebook that indicated he was involved in the Capitol riot.
In an interview with police, he said he attended former President Donald Trump's rally on Jan. 6 and then went with others inside the Capitol, where he stayed for about an hour and recorded cellphone video, the complaint says.