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A 28-year-old New Jersey man who was next to Ashli Babbitt when she was shot by police during the siege of the US Capitol building has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday.

Thomas Baranyi, a Peace Corps member who appeared in a widely circulated clip showing his bloody hand, was busted Tuesday by FBI agents on charges of disorderly conduct and being in a restricted building, according to court documents.

Baranyi appeared in court later that day and did not dispute that he appeared in the interview, officials said. He was released on $100,000 unsecured bond and barred from entering any government buildings.

In an interview with WUSA 9 outside the Capitol building and referenced in court papers, Baranyi gave his name and home state as he recounted the shooting of Babbitt.

“[W]e had stormed into the chambers inside and there was a young lady who rushed through the windows. A number of police and Secret Service were saying, ‘Get down, get out of the way,'” he recalled, according to the affidavit. “She didn’t heed the call and as we kind of raced up to try to grab people and pull them back, they shot her in the neck, and she fell back on me.”

Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed during the US Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

He added, “[I]t could have been me, but she went in first. It was one of us.”

Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force vet from California, was fatally shot during riots as she tried to climb through a smashed window on a door in the Capitol building.

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The FBI agent cited much of the interview in the affidavit and confirmed his identity with his driver’s license photo, court docs show.

The New Jersey man went on to explain “he entered the building on the side ‘with the scaffolding,'” the court docs say.

“[W]e tore through the scaffolding, through flash bangs and tear gas, and blitzed our way through all the chambers just trying to get into Congress or whoever we could get in to and tell them that we need some kind of investigation into this,” he said in the interview.

“It was a joke to them until we got inside and then guns came out, but we’re at a point now, it can’t be allowed to stand. We have to do something. People have to do something,” Baranyi added, according to records.

Baranyi was arrested in Ewing, New Jersey, but his hometown wasn’t clear.

He could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Memphis man arrested for involvement in Capitol riot, Justice Department says

A Memphis man was arrested Friday by the FBI and charged with federal offenses connected to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said.

Mathew Bledsoe is accused of chronicling the violent insurrection in a series of Instagram photos and videos.

One video showed Bledsoe and others outside an exterior door, where an alarm is blaring, according to the criminal complaint, and a companion is saying "We're going in!"


After receiving a tip, authorities said they were able to identify Bledsoe from a compilation of videos that showed him on the Capitol lawn and at the top of the exterior wall and inside the halls on Jan. 6, the day a pro-Trump mob forced their way inside the building and disrupted a joint session of Congress certifying the presidential election victory for Joe Biden.


After breaking in, authorities said Beldsoe triumphantly declares in a video, "In the Capitol. This is our house. We pay for this s--t. "

In an apparent reference to members of Congress, he adds: "Where those pieces of s--t at?"


Hours before the raid, President Trump held a rally encouraging supporters to march to the Capitol and "fight" the "stolen election," peddling baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election. 


FBI agents said they were also notified of a Facebook post in which Bledsoe’s wife boasted about her husband's involvement in the insurrection, which left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer. 

"Matt was inside the Capitol, he was one of the first," she wrote. "They yelled and screamed, that’s about it. My husband is a Patriot solider."

The post has since been deleted. 


Bledsoe was charged with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority, along with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The Commercial Appeal newspaper, citing Tennessee business filings, identified Bledsoe as the apparent owner of a Memphis moving company. 

Vandana Rambaran is a reporter covering news and politics at She can be found on Twitter @vandanarambaran

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