Texas Woman Arrested for Capitol Assault

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Texas Woman Arrested for Capitol Assault

Explore the arrest and charges against Dana Jean Bell for assaulting law enforcement during the Capitol breach on Jan. 6, 2021. An in-depth analysis of her alleged actions.

Dana Jean Bell: Charges and Initial Arrest

In a significant development related to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, Dana Jean Bell, a 65-year-old from Princeton, Texas, faces felony and misdemeanor charges, including assaulting law enforcement. Bell’s arrest sheds light on her alleged actions during the disturbance, leading to a detailed examination of the charges filed against her.

Court documents and open-source video footage depict Bell among rioters in the restricted area of the Capitol grounds. Her distinctive appearance, including a dark leather jacket and a rose-colored phone case, identifies her in various incidents. Bell is accused of assaulting members of the media, aggressively engaging with law enforcement, and actively participating in breaching the Capitol.

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Anatomy of Allegations: Bell’s Actions Inside the Capitol

Bell’s actions, as captured in videos and body-worn camera footage, reveal confrontations with the media, aggressive encounters with law enforcement, and attempts to breach the Capitol doors actively guarded by officers. Despite officers’ orders for the crowd to disperse, Bell is seen actively defying them, using derogatory language and making aggressive gestures.

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This case, prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, is being investigated by the FBI’s Dallas and Washington Field Offices. Valuable assistance has been provided by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.

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In the 35 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,230 individuals have been charged for crimes related to the Capitol breach, with over 440 individuals facing charges of assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation continues, and anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit tips.fbi.gov.

Source: United States Department of Justice

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