Almost an Entire Texas Family Arrested in Capitol Riot

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Politics|A Texas household joins the database of much than 500 radical arrested successful the Jan. 6 onslaught connected the Capitol.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/13/us/politics/texas-family-arrested-capitol-riot.html

Among the much than 500 radical arrested truthful acold successful the onslaught connected the Capitol connected Jan. 6, determination person been respective joined couples and immoderate fig of parent-and-children teams. There person adjacent been sets of siblings charged.

On Tuesday, however, successful what seemed to beryllium the archetypal determination of its kind, the Justice Department unsealed a complaint against astir the full Munn household of Texas, accusing the father, the parent and 3 of their children of illegally breaching the Capitol done a breached window.

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The Justice Department has accused astir   each   subordinate   of the Munn household  of storming the Capitol connected  Jan. 6 
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Prosecutors accidental that Thomas Munn, the family’s patriarch, began penning astir going to Washington for a pro-Trump rally successful precocious December, posting an representation connected Facebook with a caption reading, “POTUS HAS REQUESTED YOUR ATTENDANCE WASHINGTON DC JANUARY 6TH 2021.”

Then connected Jan. 5, tribunal papers say, Mr. Munn posted different Facebook representation showing what appears to beryllium the family’s car and trailer connected the roadworthy from their location successful Borger, Texas. A homemade motion is disposable connected the backmost of the trailer reading, “D.C. Bound We are Q,” successful an evident notation to the QAnon conspiracy theory.

According to the complaint, the Munn parents and their children Dawn, Joshua and Kayli entered the Capitol done a breached model astatine astir 2:25 p.m. connected Jan. 6 and took what amounted to a little circuit of the building, breaking thing and harming nary one. Afterward, tribunal papers say, they each posed for a photograph with different household subordinate — a insignificant kid — who was not charged successful the case. The nonstop ages of the children were not released.

The charged household members were arrested successful Borger connected Tuesday and could not beryllium instantly reached for comment. A lawyer had yet to record an quality successful their lawsuit .

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Prosecutors accidental that investigators tracked the household down with the assistance of a tipster and interviews with astatine slightest 3 of the Munn children’s teachers. The F.B.I. besides obtained backstage Facebook conversations that immoderate members of the household had with their friends.

For example, connected the time of the riot, according to the complaint, Dawn Munn sent a Facebook connection to a person saying, “We went successful and stormed capital!” In different connection to a antithetic person, Dawn Munn wrote, “We were successful capital!!…I bash mean IN the building!!”

That aforesaid day, Joshua Munn wrote a Facebook connection to idiosyncratic named Joel, prosecutors say, describing however helium and his household had crawled done the model and saying it was “super cool.”

Joel was not wholly impressed, tribunal papers suggest.

His response: “Oh truthful u broke in?”

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