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Gloucester woman arrested after photos show her inside US Capitol during riot

Melody Steele-Smith was arrested and federally charged following the deadly U.S. Capitol riot. Facebook photos show her inside the building on the day of the siege.
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GLOUCESTER, Va. — Another person from the Hampton Roads area has been arrested and charged in connection to the deadly U.S. Capitol riot on January 6.

Melody Steele-Smith was arrested on Jan. 20 in Gloucester. An arrest warrant shows she was charged with: 

  • Knowing entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority
  • Violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds

A criminal complaint from an FBI agent mentions that one of Steele-Smith's relatives tipped off law enforcement about her involvement in the Capitol breach.

Court documents say that person pointed authorities to Steele-Smith's Facebook page where photos and selfies were posted of Steele-Smith inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6. One of the photos also showed her inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, under the caption "Nancy's Office."

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There's also a screenshot showing Steele-Smith commenting on a post on her Facebook page admitting that she was at the siege.

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Read the full criminal complaint below:

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Steele-Smith's arrest for her alleged role in the riot is the latest in the string of round-ups around the Hampton Roads area. 

Several others from around the region face similar federal charges in connection to the siege including a man from Virginia Beach, two people from Mathews County and a man who was seen wearing a sweatshirt with the words 'Camp Auschwitz' printed on it.


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