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Corrections Officer Charged In Riot Texted From Capitol: 'We're Inside Hahaha'

Sara Boboltz
·2-min read

A New Jersey probationary corrections officer accused of breaching the Capitol sent a number of text messages and videos in which she bragged about being a part of the insurrection, court documents show.

The officer, Marissa Suarez, used an emergency holiday to take the day off work from the Monmouth County Corrections Facility on Jan. 6, according to the FBI. She then drove down to the nation’s capital with a friend, becoming one of several people working in law enforcement who joined the deadly pro-Trump rampage.

“Sooo we’ve stormed Capitol Hill lol,” Suarez wrote in one of the messages obtained by law enforcement, which was sent at 3:20 p.m. the day of the attack.

“Everyone stormed the capitol lol,” read another, sent at 3:25 p.m.

One minute later: “We’re inside hahaha.”

Suarez sent the messages to an unnamed witness who then passed them along to law enforcement, according to a federal criminal complaint against her.

Both Suarez and her friend, Patricia Todisco, are now facing charges for participating in the deadly riot, as are well over 100 other individuals.

Security footage placed Suarez and Todisco at the scene, as did multiple videos taken from Suarez’s point of view. Her videos show the angry crowd both outside the Capitol and inside, after the group pushed past a slim line of security forces and forced entry.

In one video, Suarez can be heard yelling with the crowd, “Stop the steal!”

Other text messages Suarez sent to the witness the next morning describe how she felt betrayed by former Vice President Mike Pence. Former President Donald Trump accused Pence of failing to help him overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election ― a power the vice president does not have ― in his increasingly desperate bid to remain president.

“When we found out pence fucked us, we all stormed the Capitol building and everyone forced entry and started breaking shit,” she wrote. “It was like a scene out of a...

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