FBI arrests 2 more from southwest Ohio in U.S. Capitol siege

Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot: Walter Messer, left, is shown inside the U.S. Capitol and Therese Borgerding is shown on the Capitol steps holding a "Q" sign in images filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
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Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot: Walter Messer, left, is shown inside the U.S. Capitol and Therese Borgerding is shown on the Capitol steps holding a "Q" sign in images filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The FBI arrested two more people from the area for their alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol siege.

Therese Borgerding of Piqua and Walter J. Messer of Englewood were arrested Wednesday, the Cincinnati FBI announced on social media.

Their arrests come on the second day of the House investigation into the insurrection.

Both are charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and parade, demonstrate or picket in any of the Capitol buildings. The cases against them were filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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The riot and deadly attack happened after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters tried to overturn the November 2020 election by disrupting the joint session of Congress where the Electoral Vote would be counted to formalize President Joe Biden’s victory.

The FBI received an anonymous tip Jan. 9 about three people present at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 who posted photos and videos on social media. One person was identified as Messer, and the other two as Borgerding and her husband, according to a statement of facts filed in their cases.

A public post made by Messer on Jan. 8 on Facebook stated, “Joe Biden is claiming Trump supporters were taking selfies with the capitol police. This is true. I’m glad the police took time out for these selfies during the fake riot.”

Borgerding also made posts on social media about her involvement in the attack, including one made to a relative that read, “YES I was inside the Capitol Building for a long time. You don’t know The Truth what really happened,” the court document stated.

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Facebook records show images of Messer and the Borgerdings from both inside and outside the Capitol building, according to records. In one photo, Borgerding is shown on the steps of the Capitol holding a “Q” sign. Although the documents allege that Borgerding’s husband is shown with her in some of the images, no charges have been filed against him.

Five other people in the region have been charged in the Capitol riot: Timothy Hart of Huber Heights; Champaign County residents Donovan Crowl and Jessica Watkins; and Warren County couple Sandra and Bennie Parker.

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