Pennsylvania Women Who Hunted Nancy Pelosi in Capitol Riot Arrested

Two Pennsylvania women who were looking to assassinate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 Trump riot were arrested Friday by federal authorities.

The women, Dawn Bancroft and Diana Santos-Smith were identified after the FBI said it received a tip on Jan. 12 with a video that shows the them as they were leaving the Capitol among a large group of people. In the video, according to the FBI, Bancroft says, “We broke into the Capitol. We got inside, we did our part. We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin’ brain but we didn’t find her.” The criminal complaint against her alleges that she sent the video to her children.

Bancroft is the owner of Cross Fit Sine-Pari gym near Doylestown, Pa. It’s not clear from the complaint if Bancroft and Santos-Smith knew each other before breaking into the Capitol.

(Dawn Bancroft, via Department of Justice)

The women initially lied to the FBI about their involvement, saying they were in the building for no more than a minute and did not enter any offices. But like most of the domestic terrorists who were incited by Donald Trump to try to stop Congress’s certification of President Joe Biden election victory, a video selfie gave them away. Both women deleted the videos they took inside the Capitol, but authorities got ahold of the nonetheless. Bancroft also instructed her children to delete the video she had shared with them, according to the complaint.

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