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Rochester woman charged in U.S. Capitol insurrection

The woman is believed to be the second Minnesotan to be charged in connection with the Jan. 6 breach in Washington, D.C.
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MINNEAPOLIS — The FBI's Minneapolis office said a Rochester woman has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Minneapolis FBI agents arrested Victoria White, 39, on Thursday morning. She was expected to make her first court appearance on Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.

According to a criminal complaint, White is charged with:

  • Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority
  • Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds
  • Violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
  • Parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building
  • Impeding or attempting to impede law enforcement officers performing official duties
  • Obstruction of justice/Congress

According to the complaint, the FBI received an anonymous tip about White's alleged involvement on Jan. 10, leading investigators to posts and photos on a Facebook page, including a profile photo showing White in attendance at a rally for President Trump on Jan. 6. 

The complaint also details an alleged post White made on Facebook on Jan. 7, stating: "A friend said Delete FB stuff... I stated I’m not scared i was in the capitol DETAINED and they took my social security # name address they are coming for me. I am not afraid of them or anyone!! There I said it Come get me, You don’t know the story, it’s not what you think."

The complaint states that investigators identified White in YouTube videos showing crowds entering the Capitol, as well as security camera footage inside and outside of the U.S. Capitol building.

According to the complaint, White was arrested at the Capitol on Jan. 6, processed at a police station, and later released without charges.

In the criminal complaint, federal investigators claimed White continued to make Facebook posts about the Capitol riot in the days following the insurrection, and also appeared in audio interviews and YouTube videos describing her alleged involvement.

According to public records posted by the Justice Department, White is believed to be the second Minnesotan to be arrested and charged in connection with the insurrection. A 31-year-old Moorhead man was arrested in the case in early March.