A Levittown man has been arrested and charged by federal authorities for entering the U.S. Capitol during the January 6, 2021 insurrection, authorities said.
According to court papers unsealed Monday in Washington D.C., Christopher Taylor was charged with disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly or disruptive conduct in the Capitol building, and parade, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol building.
In a criminal complaint, an FBI special agent from Philadelphia wrote that law enforcement received a tip about Taylor in December 2021. The tipster told authorities that Taylor admitted to entering the U.S. Capitol building after rioters and attackers stormed through police lines, court papers stated.
In spring 2022, FBI staff were able to use Taylor’s PennDOT license photo to identify him outside and inside the federal building on January 6 using images they had obtained, authorities said.
Images filed with the federal court show a man identified by an FBI special agent as Taylor, who once served in the U.S. Air Force, in a camouflage hat and with a blue backpack. He appeared to have a banner or blue flag wrapped around his neck.
Authorities alleged that Taylor entered the U.S. Capitol through the Senate Wing while filming on a phone.
Investigators said Taylor entered an “office space” in the building and exited the U.S. Capitol after spending 11 minutes inside.
Images included by the FBI show police at the door where Taylor exited.
Last year, FBI special agents interviewed a person who knows Taylor and they confirmed the man in the images at the U.S. Capitol was Taylor, according to court papers.
According to public records and timelines from Congress and law enforcement, Taylor allegedly entered the building more than an hour after Bristol resident Ryan Samsel and others broke through a police line and attacked officers on the Capitol grounds, which is considered a tipping point that inflamed what started out as a protest by supporters of then-President Donald Trump who were upset he lost the election. Taylor’s alleged 11 minutes in the building came before a U.S. Capitol Police officer shot and killed rioter Ashli Babbitt as she attempted to climb through a broken window and into a secured area as a mobbed raged around her.
Taylor has not been accused of partaking in violence.
Attorney Paul Lang is representing Taylor in the case.
“My client maintains his innocence at this time and is a proud Air Force veteran and father,” Lang told LevittownNow.com.
Taylor is set to have his first appearance Tuesday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya.
Several Bucks Countians, including those with Levittown area ties, have already been charged and pleaded guilty for their actions on January 6, 2021.
Editor’s Note: All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.