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Third Minnesotan arrested in connection with U.S. Capitol insurrection

A 26-year-old man from Lindstrom was taken into custody Friday for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 breach at the Capitol building.
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Security surrounds the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

MINNEAPOLIS — FBI agents have arrested a 26-year-old man from Lindstrom in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

The FBI's Minneapolis office arrested Jonah Westbury on Friday. Official charging documents show Westbury is charged with four counts:

  • Entering and remaining in a restricted building and grounds
  • Disorderly and dispuptive conduct in a restricted building and grounds
  • Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol building and grounds
  • Parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building

According to a criminal complaint, a former high school classmate reported Westbury to the FBI after recognizing him in a Snapchat video narrating his alleged involvement in the incursion into the Capitol. 

Investigators also later identified Westbury in a video posted to Reddit, showing a man taking a selfie inside the Capitol during the breach, along with several additional video clips posted to Westbury's Snapchat account.

According to public information posted by the Justice Department, this is believed to be the third arrest of a Minnesota resident in connection with the insurrection. A 31-year-old Moorhead man was arrested and charged in March, after a former classmate reported his social media posts to the FBI. In addition, a 39-year-old Rochester woman was taken into custody on Thursday, after investigators gathered social media posts, videos, and audio interviews of her alleged involvement.