Hunter Palm, suspected of entering Pelosi’s office during Capitol riot, arrested in Denver

A man who allegedly entered U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office illegally during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was arrested Wednesday in Denver by the FBI, court records show.

Hunter Palm was identified to federal investigators by a family member, according to court records. Court documents don’t state where Palm lives, but paperwork related to his bond show he is required to report to a probation office in Colorado Springs and is restricted from leaving the state of Colorado while on bond.

In a Feb. 6 interview with federal investigators, Palm admitted to entering the Capitol on Jan. 6 and gave his phone and a flash drive of videos from that day to agents, according to his arrest affidavit. He also gave investigators the clothes he wore that day, including a flag with the words “TRUMP” and “Keep America Great.”

Palm told investigators he was pushed into the Capitol, but surveillance video from the Capitol shows him walking in freely, the affidavit states.

The videos Palm turned over show him shouting “Stop the Steal!” The videos also show Palm enter the conference room in Pelosi’s office while others in the crowd shout they are going to kill the speaker, according to the affidavit. While walking around the conference room, Palm asked the crowd whether anyone was good at hacking as there was an open laptop on the conference room table, the affidavit said.

He then sat down at the head of the conference table and put his feet up on it, according to his arrest warrant.

The FBI identified Palm after a person identifying themselves as a family member wrote a letter to investigators. The family member told the FBI that Palm had called from Washington on Jan. 6 and said he entered the Capitol.

Palm is suspected of four crimes: obstruction of Congress, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

He appeared Wednesday in federal court in Denver and was released from custody on a personal recognizance bond, court records show.

Eight Coloradans previously have been arrested on charges that they participated in the riot, which disrupted the certification of the 2020 presidential election results.

They are:

  • Jacob Clark, of Trinidad
  • Glenn Wes Lee Croy, of Colorado Springs
  • Robert Gieswein, of Woodland Park
  • Logan Grover, of Erie
  • Klete Keller, of Colorado Springs
  • Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr.
  • Patrick Montgomery, of Littleton
  • Jeffrey Sabol, of Indian Hills

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