Massachusetts Man Arrested in Connection with U.S. Capitol Breach

Daniel Tocci, of Amherst, Massachusetts

A Massachusetts man, Daniel Tocci, has been taken into federal custody on multiple charges related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The arrest was made by FBI agents from the Boston Division, following a warrant issued by the U.S. Court for the District of Columbia. Tocci, a resident of Amherst, is facing five charges, including destruction of government property, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

According to a court document signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya, pictures and video evidence obtained by the FBI show Tocci carrying a large stick near the Washington Monument before making his way to the Capitol. The document further states that Tocci ascended a staircase on the northwest side of the Capitol building, which is restricted grounds, and assisted other rioters in scaling the outer wall of the staircase while walking up the stairs. Tocci then entered the Capitol through the Senate Wing Door, spent several minutes inside the building, and exited through a window. Video evidence also shows Tocci near a broken window, holding a broken shutter slat.

The court document reveals that Tocci was within the Capitol’s restricted grounds without authorization for at least 90 minutes, based on visual evidence. Additionally, a police officer who had previously pulled Tocci over for a broken headlight on January 24 recognized him from multiple screenshots of video footage taken on January 6. The officer provided the FBI with video of the traffic stop.

With Tocci’s arrest, the total number of individuals arrested by FBI Boston from its area of responsibility, which includes Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, now stands at 32.

Author: CrimeDoor

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