A New Jersey UPS employee was arrested this Thursday for partaking in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 after he bragged about his exploits to his co-workers, Law&Crime reports.
The FBI utilized multiple tips and witnesses to apprehend Donald Smith, some of whom were his co-workers.
“He has videos on his phone and was bragging about it at work,” Smith’s co-worker said, according to Law&Crime. “I work with a man who showed up with pictures and video of him and others storming the [Capitol]. He says he was in Nancy Pelosis office and that it was the best day of his life. I do not condone these actions and would like to report him. His name is Donald Smith and we work at UPS in Lawnside NJ. I have a picture of him. Thank you in advance for your help.”
Another tipster who contacted the FBI identified Smith as a UPS employee and said they saw him on TV.
“The FBI obtained DMV records specifically for a driver’s license photograph of the Donald Smith employed by UPS. Your affiant compared the photograph provided by Witness-1 to the driver’s license photograph. The photograph provided by Witness-1 appears consistent with the individual in the DMV photograph of Donald Smith (‘DONALD SMITH’),” court documents stated.
“According to [Smith’s co-worker], when DONALD SMITH returned to work on January 7, 2021, he gloated about being at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and being in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Witness-1 also stated that DONALD SMITH showed photographs from the U.S. Capitol to his colleagues,” court documents said.
A third tipster, who is also a UPS employee, corroborated Smith’s absence from work on Jan. 6. and that he admitted the following day that he breached the Capitol building, saying he had a great time.
From court documents as cited by Law&Crime:
According to Witness-3, in the days after January 6, 2021, another UPS employee (“Witness-4”) saw DONALD SMITH on television news coverage of the January 6, 2021, riot and took photographs of their television. Witness-4 shared the photos with other employees, including Witness-3.2 According to Witness-3, the employees, including Witness-3, recognized DONALD SMITH in the photos based on a gray scarf he regularly wore to work. Witness-3 provided the photos to your affiant. Two of the photos provided by Witness-3 are shown below. The words “MURDER THE MEDIA” are written on the door that DONALD SMITH is walking past.
Smith has been charged with “Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority, Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds, Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds, Parading, Demonstrating or Picketing in a Capitol Building.”