BUCKS COUNTY, PA – The FBI has charged Dawn Bancroft and Diana Santos-Smith for illegally entering the U.S. Capitol building on January 6th. Both women claim they did not participate in the violent breach, but were just following others and were not stopped by Capitol police.
According to the FBI complaint, on or about January 12, 2021, the FBI received a tip with a video purported to be filmed by BANCROFT. The video was a “selfie” video which depicted BANCROFT and another woman, later identified as SANTOS-SMITH, in the process of attempting to exit the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The video further captured a large mob of individuals who had become bottlenecked at a Capitol exit point. During the video, BANCROFT stated, “We broke into the Capitol…we got inside, we did our part.” BANCROFT continued, “We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin’ brain but we didn’t find her.” Your affiant believes that the “Nancy” BANCROFT was referencing is Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. BANCROFT was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” ski-cap style hat, and SANTOS-SMITH wore a red “Make America Great Again” baseball hat during the video.
On or about January 20, 2021, the FBI interviewed SANTOS-SMITH. SANTOSSMITH initially told these Agents that she attended President Trump’s Washington D.C. rally on January 6, 2021 but that she did not physically enter the Capitol Building. After interviewing agents showed SANTOS-SMITH the video described above, SANTOS-SMITH then stated that she lied and that she was inside the Capitol. Specifically, SANTOS-SMITH stated that she and BANCROFT went to the Capitol to protest and that they did not have a pre-planned agenda of entering the Capitol. When they arrived at the Capitol, SANTOS-SMITH stated that she heard people saying “they’re letting us in.”
SANTOS-SMITH said that she interpreted this as protesters were being allowed to enter the Capitol. SANTOS-SMITH said she followed the crowd to the Capitol building steps. While trying to get closer to the Capitol, SANTOS-SMITH said that she climbed over a waist-high wall. SANTOS-SMITH also explained that she climbed under/through a scaffolding apparatus in order to get closer to the Capitol. Once SANTOS-SMITH reached an 5 entrance to the Capitol, SANTOS-SMITH said she and BANCROFT attempted to enter through an exterior door but the entrance was too crowded to gain entry. SANTOS-SMITH then said they walked around to another area on the exterior of the Capitol, seeking an alternative way to enter.
SANTOS-SMITH said they saw people entering the Capitol through a broken window. SANTOSSMITH said BANCROFT entered through the window first and SANTOS-SMITH followed. SANTOS-SMITH described that an unknown person helped her enter through the broken window and then she helped another person enter the building through the same spot. SANTOS-SMITH stated that after seeing BANCROFT enter the building, SANTOS-SMITH knew that they should not be going inside the building. SANTOS-SMITH stated that neither she nor BANCROFT entered into any chambers or offices and that they were inside the Capitol for approximately 30 seconds to one minute. SANTOS-SMITH stated that she and BANCROFT exited the Capitol building through the same window in which they entered.