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Pittsburgh woman turns herself in for alleged role in riots at US Capitol

WASHINGTON — A Pittsburgh woman has been charged with her alleged role in the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Melanie Archer turned herself in to the FBI Monday morning and is scheduled to appear in front of a judge later Monday afternoon.

According to a release from the FBI, Archer was seen on camera walking throughout the Capitol, sometimes alone and sometimes with Jordan Bonenberger, a Cranberry man who has also been charged.

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A witness helped identify Archer, according to court documents. The FBI also said they received multiple complaints from people who knew Archer and said she told people that she was inside the Capitol building. They also said Archer took to social media to say she was “IN that … a part of that,” while referring to the events at the U.S. Capitol, documents said.

Archer is charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.