FBI charges Lewistown residents in Capitol riot
3 local individuals face federal accusations
LEWISTOWN – Three individuals from Lewistown are facing federal charges of entering the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the Jan. 6 riot that coincided with the certification of Electoral College votes. This story will contain many quotes from the Facebook accounts of the individuals in question. Any spelling or grammatical errors within these quotes are due to the fact that the statements are being quoted directly, so as not to inadvertently take anything out of context.
The FBI has charged Matthew Clark, Christy Clark and Paul Spigelmyer with entering restricted buildings or grounds and violent entry or disorderly conduct.
According to the federal affidavit, the FBI received numerous tips identifying Christy Clark and her husband Matthew as having been at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and pointed to posts on Facebook that seemed to corroborate that. The Facebook accounts also listed the Clarks as living “in or around Lewistown, Pennsylvania.”
According to the affidavit, someone who had the ability to view Christy Clark’s Facebook posts took screenshots and provided them to the FBI. The FBI said the posts included photographs that display areas in and around the Capitol and show individuals who appear to be taking part in the Jan. 6 riot. The FBI said one photo appears to have been taken on the stairs on or near the East Front of the building and another appears to have been taken inside the Capitol Rotunda.
After obtaining a search warrant for the Facebook accounts of Christy and Matthew Clark, the FBI said the accounts appeared to confirm their identities. The FBI said it found a private message to another family member that said “All good, we were inside.” When the family member responded “Inside What,” Christy Clark responded “Capital.”
The person using Christy Clark’s account had taken credit for taking the photo of the Rotunda and commented “I stopped and took a second to pray before I took this pic. It was overwhelming to say the least.” The FBI said private messages sent to various “Facebook friends” included the photograph and were sent “on or about” Jan. 6.
The FBI said Matthew Clark’s Facebook account also included photos of him and his wife in and around Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6. The account had this post dated Jan. 7 “Hay Mat…Thanks for Representing Mifflin County at the Protests in Washington yesterday.”
The account included other posts related to the incident which were posted on the afternoon of Jan. 6, according to the affidavit.
The FBI said it found people dressed similarly to the Clarks that appeared on closed-circuit television camera footage from inside the Capitol Rotunda.
The FBI said the Clarks were associated with Spigelmyer, including a prior, unrelated investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police and several Facebook messages in which Spigelmyer’s name was “tagged,” including a series of photographs related to activities in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6. A private message from Christy Clark’s Facebook account related to traveling to Washington D.C. in January stated “We are bringing Paul Spigelmyer along as well,” according to the affidavit.
The FBI said it obtained a search warrant for Spigelmyer’s Facebook account and found several posts linking him to the events of Jan. 6, including “What happened at the capital yesterday should and must continue till this election fraud is stopped,” “My view of the capital is, burn it to the ground,” “I am all for more protest and storming the capital building and I would love to see them burn it to the ground” and “The capital building needs to be burnt down it doesn’t belong to the people that work there.”
According to the affidavit, Spigelmyer also sent a photograph to a friend via private message with the comment “the moment we stormed the doors.” When asked via private message by the same friend if he had been part of the group that had stormed the Capitol, Spigelmyer’s response was “Yes we were the second round of people break in.” Spigelmyer then posted several more photographs, according to the affidavit.
The FBI said it found a Facebook account in the name of “Bob White” who was listed as living in Lewistown, but indicated his name is pronounced “PA-ul SPEE-gel-MY-er” and includes a photograph of someone believed to be Spigelmyer.
The FBI said closed-circuit television footage from inside the Capitol showed someone dressed very similarly to the person in the Bob White Facebook profile standing near people who are believed to be Matthew and Christy Clark.
All three are charged with entering a restricted building or grounds with the intent to impede or disrupt government business and engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct, including uttering loud, threatening or abusive language with the intent to impede or disrupt a session of Congress, or picketing, parading or demonstrating at the Capitol Building.
Charges were initially filed Feb. 8 with U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.