A Missouri woman allegedly caught on video carrying a broken sign from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the US Capitol riot has surrendered to the FBI, authorities said.
Emily Hernandez, of Sullivan, was arrested Tuesday in St. Louis, according to a Department of Justice website detailing the federal charges against suspects in the US Capitol siege on Jan. 6 that left five people dead, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick.
Hernandez, who was charged last week, can be seen in photos and video from inside the Capitol holding up a broken piece of engraved wood that hung over Pelosi’s office, court documents show.
At least three tipsters later identified Hernandez as the woman seen in the photos and in footage aired by ITV News. One source also told FBI investigators they saw video that Hernandez posted of herself inside the Capitol, a statement of facts shows.
The cost to replace Pelosi’s nameplate was estimated at $870 by a curator for the House of Representatives, an FBI agent wrote in the seven-page filing.
Hernandez has been charged with five misdemeanors: entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct, stealing federal property, disorderly or disruptive conduct in the Capitol and parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol.
Hernandez had her initial court appearance via video later Tuesday. A judge ordered she be released without bond ahead of her next court appearance in Washington, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
An attorney for Hernandez did not dispute allegations that she was the woman caught on video and in photos inside the Capitol. He also declined to say where the fragment is now, the newspaper reported.
“This is obviously a mistake but she’s ready to move past it,” Hernandez’s attorney, Ethan Corlija, told reporters. “She’s the girl next door. It’s an unfortunate situation and it’s one she didn’t want to put herself in. She’s willing to move beyond it, do the things she needs to do to make it right and get on with the rest of her life.”
More than 150 people have been arrested as of Tuesday in connection to the Jan. 6 riot.
With Post wires