Pennsylvania Duo Arrested for Alleged Jan. 6-Related Crimes at US Capitol

By Joseph M. Hanneman
Joseph M. Hanneman
Joseph M. Hanneman
Joseph M. Hanneman is a reporter for The Epoch Times with a focus on the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol incursion and its aftermath; and general news in the State of Wisconsin. His work over a nearly 40-year career has appeared in Catholic World Report, the Racine Journal Times, the Wisconsin State Journal and the Chicago Tribune. Reach him at: joseph.hanneman@epochtimes.us
March 22, 2022 Updated: March 22, 2022

A Pennsylvania duo who walked around the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, have been arrested by the FBI and charged with being part of the Capitol incursion.

Melanie M. Archer, 41, of Shaler, Pennsylvania, was arrested Monday on charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

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Jason Bonenberger of Cranberry, Pa., and Melanie Archer of Shaler, Pa., were arrested by the FBI March 18 and 21, respectively. (U.S. Department of Justice/Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

Named in the same criminal complaint is Jason Bonenberger, 26, of Cranberry, Pennsylvania, who was arrested by the FBI on March 18. Bonenberger faces the same charges as Archer.

According to a statement of facts filed with the criminal complaint, Bonenberger entered the Capitol at 2:38 p.m. through the west side central doors. Archer entered through the same doorway at 2:44 p.m., the document states.

Security cameras captured footage of Archer and Bonenberger in the Capitol Rotunda and the West Corridor before they were seen exiting the building at 2:57 p.m. They were also photographed on the western exterior stairs. the criminal complaint says.

Archer and Bonenberger are not accused of any altercations with police, vandalism, or entering private offices in the Capitol. One of the charges cites U.S. Code prohibiting visitors to “utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place in the Grounds.”

The FBI said it received numerous tips on both defendants from acquaintances, some of whom identified the pair in FBI photos.

The cases will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and were assigned to Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather.

Over the past 14 months, more than 775 people from nearly every state have been arrested for alleged Jan. 6-related crimes.

Joseph M. Hanneman is a reporter for The Epoch Times with a focus on the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol incursion and its aftermath; and general news in the State of Wisconsin. His work over a nearly 40-year career has appeared in Catholic World Report, the Racine Journal Times, the Wisconsin State Journal and the Chicago Tribune. Reach him at: joseph.hanneman@epochtimes.us