Woman arrested in Capitol siege claims she didn’t know she was on building’s grounds

Woman arrested in Capitol siege claims she didn’t know she was on building’s grounds


A Connecticut woman charged in the US Capitol riot didn’t even know she was on the iconic building’s grounds at the time, her attorney claims.

Victoria Bergeson, 40, of Groton, is facing charges of violating curfew and unlawful entry in Wednesday’s violent unrest in Washington, DC, where she was taken into custody along with her boyfriend as rioters tried to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory, the Connecticut Post reported.

“People assume she’s part of that crazed mob,” Bergeson’s attorney, Sam Bogash, told the outlet Saturday. “She was never even close to the building.”

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Bergeson was arrested with her boyfriend, 40-year-old Maurico Mendez, at about 7:15 p.m. — or more than hour after a 6 p.m curfew imposed by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, an arrest log shows.

Officers issued three warnings for Bergeson and five other women to “disperse and go inside” prior to the bust. Mendez, meanwhile, was taken into custody at the same time

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