ASHLAND — The FBI has arrested an Ashland woman on felony charges including assaulting a law enforcement officer in connection to the Jan. 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 68-year-old Jacquelyn Starer is charged with felony civil disorder, assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, and entering and remaining in a restricted building.

She is also charged with disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building as well as engaging in physical violence in a restricted building.

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The DOJ stated that Starer's and others' actions disrupted a joint session of U.S. Congress that was being held to count the electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.

Starer was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and is set to appear in federal court in Massachusetts.

Court documents allege that she illegally entered the Capitol grounds and entered the building through the East Rotunda doors.

Metropolitan Police body camera footage allegedly shows Starer approach police officers and make contact with one of them before striking an officer at around 3 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021, according to the DOJ.

Starer is the ninth Massachusetts resident arrested by the FBI Boston Division in connection to the breach of the U.S. Capitol.

Seekonk resident Chase Kevin Allen was arrested in July 2021, and a Pittsfield man, Troy Sargent, was sentenced to prison time for his role earlier this month.

Allen pleaded guilty to his charges in November.


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