Feds Allege Jan. 6 Rioter Tried To Turn Off Alexa To Maybe Stop Feds From Listening

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The federal Justice Department has now made available in its entirety a past indictment that charges several individuals who allegedly were in Washington, D.C., on January 6 and participated in the Capitol riot with involvement in a criminal conspiracy. The allegations elevate the case beyond the misdemeanor charges issued against some involved in the riot, putting this matter squarely within the confines of very serious discussions.

Those charged with conspiracy include Daniel Rodriguez, Edward Badalian, and Paul Belosic. Belosic remained at large, federal authorities said Thursday. In short, the three are accused of a criminal conspiracy for the coordination that was supposedly seen before, during, and after their alleged criminal participation in the events of January 6. Rodriguez is the only of the three who has already been sentenced, receiving more than 12 years in prison after actions at the Capitol including usage of an electroshock device on Michael Fanone, then a local officer. Fanone, who was seriously injured, has since left the force.

Prosecutors say that Belosic arrived in D.C. separately from the others but linked up with them as they left the city. The three then traveled across the country, by vehicle, to a residence of a fourth individual who is not named in the indictment but was in D.C. on January 6, according to the allegations. This fourth individual evidently took photos and video while joining the pro-Trump crowds, and Belosic allegedly aimed for the materials’ deletion.

“During the visit to PERSON ONE’s home on or about January 10, 2021, BELOSIC walked around PERSON ONE’s residence, unplugged all of PERSON ONE’s Amazon Alexa devices, and indicated through miming to PERSON ONE not to speak out loud,” the indictment says. As their interactions continued, the indictment states that “person one” didn’t comply with Belosic’s eventually expressed wishes that they delete the photos and video they had from Washington, D.C.

Belosic is charged with felonies including conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, tampering with documents or proceedings, and obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder. Belosic allegedly joined rioters inside the tunnel at the Capitol’s Lower West Terrace.