By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
LAWNSIDE, N.J. — Camden County resident Donald Smith has been charged with four federal crimes after his participation in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
According to court documents, Smith works at the United Parcel Service (UPS) location in Lawnside. Two of his coworkers sent anonymous tips to the FBI alleging that Smith openly bragged about participating in the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol Building.
“Donald smith of NJ who works at lawnside UPS was part of the group that stormed the capital[sic] building this week,” one complaint, which was sent to the FBI on January 9, read. “He has videos on his phone and was bragging about it at work.”
The FBI received a second anonymous complaint about Smith’s involvement in the insurrection on January 12. The individual, who was only identified as “Witness-1” in court documents, accused Smith of calling January 6 “the best day of his life.” According to the complaint, Smith said he went into Nancy Pelosi’s office and showed his coworkers photos and videos from the riot. One day later, the FBI received a third tip with a photo of their TV showing news coverage of the domestic terrorist attack.
Smith is charged with the following four crimes:
- Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority
- Disorderly and distruptive conduct in a restrictive building or grounds
- Violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds
- Parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building
The FBI interviewed two of Smith’s coworkers as part of their investigation. One said that Smith wasn’t at work on January 6, but returned the next day, which is when he bragged about participating in the insurrection. Another said they recognized Smith while watching TV coverage of the attack based on his gray scarf and provided the following photo:
Additionally, surveillance camera footage from inside the Capitol Building appears to show Smith next to the Memorial Door. “MURDER THE MEDIA” was inscribed onto the door, which is visible in the photo provided by one of Smith’s coworkers. You can see a still photo from that surveillance camera footage below:
According to court documents, investigators obtained and served a search warrant to T-Mobile for the records associated with Smith’s cell phone. At 6:53 a.m. on January 6, Smith’s phone was located in Lindenwold, but it moved south throughout the remainder of the morning before arriving in Washington, DC at approximately 10:08 a.m. His phone was in Washington, DC from then until 6:24 p.m., which is when it began moving north before it eventually arrived in Lindenwold at 9:08 p.m. on January 6.
The insurrection on January 6 took place after former President Donald Trump held a “Stop The Steal” rally in Washington, DC earlier that morning. President Trump echoed false claims about the legitimacy of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and told his supporters to “fight like hell” before they forcefully entered the Capitol Building. Government officials were counting the electoral college votes and certifying President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump when the attack began.
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