Among the greater than 500 individuals arrested to this point in the assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6, there have been a number of married couples and any variety of parent-and-children groups. There have even been units of siblings charged.
On Tuesday, nevertheless, in what appeared to be the primary transfer of its sort, the Justice Department unsealed a criticism towards virtually the complete Munn household of Texas, accusing the daddy, the mom and three of their kids of illegally breaching the Capitol by way of a damaged window.
The Justice Department has accused almost each member of the Munn household of storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 Credit…Department of Justice
Prosecutors say that Thomas Munn, the household’s patriarch, started writing about going to Washington for a pro-Trump rally in late December, posting an picture on Facebook with a caption studying, “POTUS HAS REQUESTED YOUR ATTENDANCE WASHINGTON DC JANUARY 6TH 2021.”
Then on Jan. 5, court docket papers say, Mr. Munn posted one other Facebook picture exhibiting what seems to be the household’s automobile and trailer on the highway from their house in Borger, Texas. A home made signal is seen on the again of the trailer studying, “D.C. Bound We are Q,” in an obvious reference to the QAnon conspiracy concept.
According to the criticism, the Munn dad and mom and their kids Dawn, Joshua and Kayli entered the Capitol by way of a damaged window at round 2:25 p.m. on Jan. 6 and took what amounted to a short tour of the constructing, breaking nothing and harming nobody. Afterward, court docket papers say, all of them posed for a photograph with one other member of the family — a minor youngster — who was not charged in the case. The precise ages of the kids weren’t launched.
The charged relations have been arrested in Borger on Tuesday and couldn’t be instantly reached for remark. A lawyer had but to file an look in their case .
Credit…Department of Justice
Prosecutors say that investigators tracked the household down with the assistance of a tipster and interviews with a minimum of three of the Munn kids’s lecturers. The F.B.I. additionally obtained non-public Facebook conversations that some family members had with their associates.
For instance, on the day of the riot, in line with the criticism, Dawn Munn despatched a Facebook message to a pal saying, “We went in and stormed capital!” In one other message to a unique particular person, Dawn Munn wrote, “We were in capital!!…I do mean IN the building!!”
That identical day, Joshua Munn wrote a Facebook message to somebody named Joel, prosecutors say, describing how he and his household had crawled by way of the window and saying it was “super cool.”
Joel was not totally impressed, court docket papers counsel.
His response: “Oh so u broke in?”