California woman arrested in Huntsville for charges related to Jan. 6 Capitol riot


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A woman was arrested in Huntsville on Friday in connection with the January 6 riot at the U.S Capitol.

According to the Department of Justice, California resident Stephanie Baez, 27, has been charged with Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority and Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds.

The Department of Justice complaint against Baez has photos and videos showing Baez on Capitol grounds and inside the building.

“I love the Proud Boys. I want to find me a Proud Boy,” said Baez in a video post on social media from just outside the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Her comments came the same day rioters shattered windows and tore through the building. The Proud Boys are a far-right extremist group on the FBI’s Watch List.

According to the criminal complaint filed with The Justice Department, the 27-year-old was allegedly among a group who attended a rally and speech held by former President Donald Trump. That group later forced their way into the U.S. Capitol as Congress was attempting to certify the results of the Presidential Election.

Baez, initially told investigators that she was in Washington, D.C. to look at medical schools, but a post to her social media account contradicted that. “I just came out alone to fight Antifa,” Baez wrote on January 5th, one day before the Capitol riots. The next day she posted, “I’m inside the Capitol building.” Photos linked to her account confirmed that.

Baez, also posted on her social media account, that she was not responsible for any of the damage that ensued. She followed up by saying, “I’m just not sure what else we can do. Peaceful protesting did nothing for us.”

News 19 reached out to the FBI to find out what Baez was doing in Huntsville at the time of her arrest. The request was passed onto the FBI’s Washington, D.C. Field Office, which told News 19 that they could not comment.

The full complaint can be read here.

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