Prosecutor: Connecticut submarine engineer charged in Capitol riot

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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump riot outside the Capitol in Washington. The House panel investigation of the riot at the U.S. Capitol issued sweeping document requests on Friday, Aug. 27, to social media companies, expanding the committee’s investigation as it seeks to examine the events leading to January’s insurrection.
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump riot outside the Capitol in Washington. The House panel investigation of the riot at the U.S. Capitol issued sweeping document requests on Friday, Aug. 27, to social media companies, expanding the committee’s investigation as it seeks to examine the events leading to January’s insurrection.John Minchillo/AP

A New London man has been arrested in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot, according to federal prosecutors.

Jeremy K. Baouche, 24, of New London, was charged Wednesday with numerous offenses connected with the Jan. 6 riot.

Baouche is the fifth Connecticut resident to be charged in connection with entering the Capitol building, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Patrick Edward McCaughey III, of Ridgefield, was arrested June 2 in White Plains, N.Y., Richard T. Crosby Jr., of Harwinton, was arrested June 3. A mother and daughter from Canterbury, Jean Lavin and Carly Krzywicki, were arrested mid-September.

Two other Connecticut residents, Victoria Bergeson and Mauricio Mendez of Groton, were also charged with curfew violation and unlawful entry in connection with the protest, but are not included in the FBI’s official list of Capitol breach cases.

There have been more than 600 people charged in federal court related to the Capitol riot, according to the FBI’s list.

Baouche was an engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat at the time of the attack and took off on Jan. 5 and 6, according to FBI officials. The FBI also noted Baouche has a “secret security clearance as part of his employment.”

The FBI said it received an online tip on Jan. 13, identifying Baouche as entering the Capitol building.

Officials examined Baouche’s online search history at work, and found searches for the inauguration, the U.S. Capitol building layout, guns, rifle scopes, lasers, Trump protests, FBI Capitol and searches for jobs in the western part of the country. Officials also determined, through Google location data, that Baouche was inside the Capitol building at the time of the riot, the FBI said.

In a video, Baouche can be seen in the Capitol calling into a megaphone “Who’s house?” while people in the area responded “Our house,” according to the FBI’s statement of facts.

Staff writer Peter Yankowski contributed to this report.

Anyone with information related to individuals who unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6 can submit a tip online at Tips.FBI.gov. Tipsters can also call 800-225-5324.

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