FBI arrests NJ man who stormed Capitol, witnessed fatal shooting: report

NEWARK, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- The FBI has arrested a New Jersey man who said he was standing next to Ashli Babbitt when a Capitol Police officer shot and killed her during the Capitol riots, according to a report.

Former Peace Corps member Thomas Baranyi, 28, was arrested and charged with “knowingly and wilfully” forcing his way into the Capitol building in Newark on Tuesday, NJ.com reported.

A judge set his bail at $100,000, and he could face “more serious charges” as his case moves to Washington, D.C., the outlet reported.

In an interview with CBS affiliate WKRG shortly after the riots, Baranyi said he was next to Babbitt — a 35-year-old Air Force veteran from California — when a Capitol Police officer fatally shot her as she and other rioters tried to breach a door that led to the Speaker’s Lobby and House of Representatives chamber.

“We had stormed into the chambers inside, and there was a young lady who rushed to the windows,” Baranyi said in the interview. “A number of police and Secret Service were saying, ‘Get back, get down, get out of the way.’ She didn’t heed the call, and as we kind of raced up to grab people and pull them back, they shot her in the neck.”

Baranyi said he and other Trump supporters “tore through scaffolding” to enter the Capitol building.

“Police, Congressmen and women, they don’t care. I mean, they think we’re a joke. $2,000 dollar checks was a joke to them,” he said. “You know, there’s people filming us, laughing at us, as we march down the street. At the Department of Justice, there was a man in the window laughing at us, filming us.”

“And here it was a joke to them until we got inside, and then all of the sudden guns came out,” he added. “But I mean, we’re at a point now, it can’t be allowed to stand. We have to do something. People have to do something.”

Baranyi’s attorney information wasn’t immediately available Wednesday.