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Las Vegas woman facing charges in Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot

Updated May 13, 2024 - 6:46 pm

A Las Vegas woman was arrested Thursday in connection with her alleged participation in the U.S. Capitol riot after the 2020 presidential election.

Christine Barrello is facing one federal count each of entering restricted grounds, disorderly conduct on restricted grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and protesting in a Capitol building, according to her criminal complaint.

The FBI alleges that on Jan. 6, 2021, Barrello entered the Capitol through a second-story window and remained inside for about 30 minutes.

Surveillance cameras captured Barrello making her way through multiple areas, including the Rotunda, Statuary Hall and the Crypt, according to the complaint. The complaint doesn’t allege that she committed violent crimes inside the building.

Afterward, she hung out at the grounds outside of the federal building, the complaint said.

Authorities interviewed Barrello in March 2021 when she confirmed she’d been in Washington, D.C., according to the complaint, which noted that her phone pinged her in and around the Capitol.

The FBI began surveilling Barrello this January, and spoke to her neighbors who couldn’t confirm she was the person in the photos they were shown.

The deadly riot blamed on supporters of then-President Donald Trump occurred while lawmakers were certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election win.

Hundreds of alleged rioters have been arrested throughout the U.S., including in Nevada.

Barrello has since been released from custody under the condition that she stays out of trouble, court records show.

Her case was filed in the District of Columbia, where she’s next due in court May 23, records show.

Contact Ricardo Torres-Cortez at rtorres@reviewjournal.com.

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