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UPS Employee Arrested for Storming Capital

Donald Smith was arrested after coworkers turned him in

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Aug 06, 2021

Seven months after the attack on the United States Capital, yet another union member has been arrested for taking part in the attack on the Capital.

Last week Donald Smith, a UPS employee at their Camden County NJ facility, was arrested on charges of Entering a Restricted Building, Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds, Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capital Grounds, Parading, Demonstrating or Picketing in a Capital Building.

According to investigators, Smith came back for the insurrection and was bragging to co-workers about taking part in it. He also shared photos and videos with his co-workers, although some were already circulating around the job site from people who had identified him from media coverage.

Within a week of the attack, three co-workers had contacted the FBI with the information. “I work with a man who showed up with pictures and video of him and others storming” the Capital, one wrote. “He says he was in Nancy Pelosi’s office, and that it was the best day of his life. I do not condone these actions and would like to report him.”

Investigators said that they were able to subsequently use the footage to identify Smith wearing a red beanie and a gray scarf in an attempt to cover his face and hide his identity. They were also able to track him via cell phone data and surveillance footage from the Capital.

“According to Witness-1, when DONALD SMITH returned to work on January 7, 2021, he gloated about being at the U.S. Capital on January 6, 2021, and being in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Witness-1 also stated that DONALD SMITH showed photographs from the U.S. Capital to his colleagues,” charging documents said. “Additionally, Witness-3 stated that DONALD SMITH claimed that he had a great time and was in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office,” the complaint went on.

“According to Witness-3, in the days after January 6, 2021, another UPS employee (“Witness-4”) saw DONALD SMITH on television news coverage of the January 6, 2021, riot and took photographs of their television. Witness-4 shared the photos with other employees, including Witness-3.2 According to Witness-3, the employees, including Witness-3, recognized DONALD SMITH in the photos based on a gray scarf he regularly wore to work. Witness-3 provided the photos to your affiant. Two of the photos provided by Witness-3 are shown below. The words “MURDER THE MEDIA” are written on the door that DONALD SMITH is walking past.”

Teamsters Local 676 represents the Camden County hub. Smith is the 18th person from New Jersey that has been arrested for taking part in the attack. Pennsylvania (where Smith was arrested) has seen 52 people arrested for attacking the Capital.

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