ALBANY — A Glens Falls man with Saratoga Springs ties has been charged with illegally entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection.
James Bonet, age unavailable, of Glens Falls, faces one count each of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to charging paperwork in the case.
Information on his custody status was not available Tuesday.
The federal charging documents filed against Bonet contend Bonet filmed himself before entering the Capitol and once inside. At one point, one of the videos depicted Bonet inside smoking what appeared to be a joint, a witness told investigators.
The investigation into Bonet began five days after the riot, when a witness told the FBI that Bonet had been present inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. The witness also provided two videos purportedly from Bonet’s Facebook account.
The witness told the FBI that some of the videos on Bonet’s Facebook account were deleted after posting, including one that appeared to show Bonet smoking a marijuana cigarette inside the Capitol. The FBI later confirmed the account to be Bonet’s.
Agents then obtained other information, including his vehicle registration and license plate reader information. The readers confirmed Bonet traveled south on Interstate 95 on Jan. 5 through at least Baltimore, and then back north to at least Albany County Jan. 7.
Investigators then received screen-captured videos determined to have been submitted by co-workers. Bonet works as a shift manager in Saratoga Springs, the filing reads.
That witness told investigators that Bonet “openly talks about government conspiracy theories at work and tries to regularly convince” co-workers of the theories, including that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, the filing reads.
After viewing the joint video, the co-workers discussed whether to report Bonet to the FBI and they ultimately submitted separate tips, the filing reads. One of the witnesses reported that Bonet returned to work Jan. 8.
The filing also included screenshots from the videos, including one titled “Smoking at the capital building” where Bonet says “Capitol building smoking with all my people!”
Another section of the video shows the Crypt of the Capitol and others there chanting “whose house?” and “our house!,” the filing reads.
Another video records Bonet declaring that his group “made it in the building” and that they’re “taking it back!”
The Daily Beast, an online news publication, reported Bonet’s arrest earlier Tuesday.
Bonet is the second known Capital Region resident to be charged in connection with the riot. Brandon Fellows, 26, of Schenectady, was arrested Jan. 16 on similar charges.