Pair charged for alleged role at Capitol insurrection
A Ludlow man and Kane woman have been charged by federal authorities for their alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, William Blauser, Jr., Ludlow, and Pauline Bauer, Kane, were charged in connection with the riots that sought to challenge the certification of the Electoral College results from the 2020 presidential election.
They were arrested Wednesday morning and taken before a federal magistrate judge Wednesday afternoon.
A spokesperson with the U.S. Department of Justice said that both were released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
FBI agents explain in a statement of facts that six witnesses came forward to make disclosures about Bauer’s involvement in the riots.
Witness No. 1 — each witness is identified by number — reported to the FBI National Threat Operation Center that Bauer, an owner of Bob’s Trading post, and Blauser “were part of the mob that broke into the Capitol building to disrupt the electoral votes.”
The witness said both defendants “took several photos on their phone after they stormed the Capitol.”
A second witness on Jan. 7 pointed investigators to a Facebook post by Bauer and comments, including one that said “We took over the capital like patriots.”
The third witness shared additional social media posts purportedly from Bauer: “I am at the capital and was inside. No of us are armed just pissed that this is what we have to do to take our country back from communism.”
“These Democrats not only cheated and stole this election from the people but they have been trafficking children for years.” “We took back what rightfully belongs to we the people.”
Witness No. 4 shared a screenshot of a photo taken from an east side Capitol balcony that, authorities allege, show Blauser, dressed in light-colored pants, a camo jacket and a baseball cap with the word “Trump” on the front.
Witness No. 5’s report including the following statement: “I know a guy from our town of Kane, Pa that was in the Capital (sic) building. He has taken videos and they are bing (sinc) passed around.”
That witness reported that Bauer “became more and more political over the past year and began losing business because people were uncomfortable about her constant political rhetoric.”
The final witness was someone also at the Capitol who provided videos from the steps and the Rotunda. That individual reported that Bauer arranged for buses to travel to DC.
According to the FBI, Capitol surveillance footage shows Blauser and Bauer entering via the east Rotunda door at about 2:43 p.m. They entered the Rotunda at 3:02 p.m. and are shown leaving the building at 3:21 p.m.
Body-camera footage from inside the Capitol complex recorded, authorities say, Bauer maing several comments.
Someone can be heard saying “This is where we find Nancy Pelosi” and authorities say Bauer is then heard saying “Bring (her) out here now. Bring her out. Bring her out there. We’re coming in if you don’t bring her out.”
That footage also records additional comments that investigators attribute to Bauer: “Bring them out. We went them out here. You bring them out or we’re coming in.
Bring them out now. They’re criminals. They need to hang.. Bring her out.. Bring Nancy Pelosi out here now. … Bring her out. We’re coming in if you don’t bring her out. What are you trying to protect a … Nazi? Is that what you’re protecting?”
Investigators met with Blauser briefly on Feb. 9.
“Blauser invited me into his home and was cordial and pleasant,” authorities say. “After I explained to Blauser the reason for my visit, Blauser informed me he had hired an attorney to represent him.”
The investigating agent said that between his in-person contact with Blauser, comparison with his driver’s license, review of the images from the Capitol and surveillance footage “the person recorded… appears to be William Albert Blauser, Jr..”
“Based on my in-person contact with Blauser and comparison of his Pennsylvania driver’s license to the images from these different sources, the person recorded on the CCTV footage and body-worn camera inside the Capitol building appears to be William Albert Blauser, Jr.
Both face charges including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in restricted buildings or grounds and two counts of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Bauer also has been charged with obstruction of justice/Congress.