Thomas Baranyi Biography, Wiki
Thomas Baranyi, A New Jersey man who was standing next to the woman who died in last week’s storming of the Capitol. Thomas was a volunteer with the Peace Corps, serving in Albania. Thomas was charged and arrested following a video interview with a news reporter discussing how he allegedly stormed the U.S. Capitol and showed blood on his hands which he said was from Ashli Babbitt, a protester who was gunned down in the siege. Baranyi also attended basic training for the Marine Corps, but was discharged. He attended The College of New Jersey, his father wrote on Facebook.
Thomas Baranyi graduated Trenton State College ( college of nj ) went in to Peace Corps in Albania, got discharged, went into Basic Training USMC, got discharged from basic training. Covid related?” the post said.
In the post, Baranyi’s dad shared a photo of Thomas Baranyi from 2017.
“So to all Merry Christmas and 2020 has been a bad year. Merry Christmas Tommy Dad still loves and misses you. Tell him I said that,” the post concluded.
Thomas Baranyi is 28-years-old.
Video of Babbitt’s Shooting
Baranyi, 28, said on the video he was standing beside Babbitt when she was shot and that she fell on him. You can watch the video here or below. Baranyi was charged with disorderly or disruptive conduct, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in his case.
NJ.com reported Baranyi was a member of the Peace Corps.
Very important video.
1. He gives his name as Thomas Barani (spelling?) of New Jersey.
2. He admits to not only storming the Capitol, but breaking deep into the halls of Congress.
3. He saw Ashli Babbitt get killed and explains precisely what got her killed. pic.twitter.com/yoUP6WLySC
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 7, 2021
Video of Babbitt’s shooting widely circulated online. She was a 35-year-old Air Force veteran from San Diego, California. You can watch graphic video of the shooting here. A man matching Baranyi’s description can be seen in the video attempting to move Babbitt from the ground in the immediate moments after the shooting.
Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund confirmed in a statement that Babbitt was shot by a member of his police force. That officer, who has not been named, was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.
Baranyi spoke to WUSA-9 in the interview, a Washington, D.C. station. In the interview, the reporter asked Baranyi how he got the blood on his hand.
“[w]e had stormed into the chambers inside and there was a young lady who rushed through the windows. A number of police and Secret Service were saying get down, get out of the way. She didn’t heed the call and as we kind of raced up to try to grab people and pull them back, they shot her in the neck, and she fell back on me,” he said in the interview. “She started to say, she was fine, it’s cool, and then she started kind of like, moving weird, and blood was coming out of her mouth and neck and nose, and I don’t know if she’s alive or dead anymore.”
The FBI published stills from videos in court filings, which agents say shows Baranyi adjacent to Babbitt as she entered a window in the U.S. Capitol immediately before she was shot.
Baranyi concluded his video interview by saying that it could have been him who was shot, but said that Babbitt went through the window first.
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“It could have been me, but she went in first. It was one of us,” he said.
He went on to say that the shooting could have been anyone.
“It was a joke to them until we got inside and then guns came out, but we’re at a point now, it can’t be allowed to stand. We have to do something. People have to do something,” he said, and held up his bloody hand again, “because this could be you or your kids.”
Baranyi told the WUSA-9 reporter about why he and other protesters sieged the Capitol, saying he wanted officials to investigate allegations of voter fraud. In the interview, he discussed his alleged actions at the protest. FBI agents quoted his interview describing his activities in the affidavit of probable cause filed in his case.
“We tore through the scaffolding, through flash bangs and tear gas, and blitzed our way in through all the chambers just trying to get into Congress or whoever we could get in to and tell them that we need some kind of investigation into this, and what ends up happening is someone might have ended up dead, and that’s not the kind of government we can have,” he said in the interview. “People have to do something about it.”
“Just make sure people know, because this,” he said while turning to point behind him, “This cannot stand anymore. This is wrong. They don’t represent anyone. Not republican, democrat, independent, nobody. And now they’ll just kill people.”
Charged & Arrested
He was arrested by the FBI Tuesday evening and charged with disorderly or disruptive conduct.
Baranyi was charged with “knowingly and willfully” joining a crowd of individuals who “forcibly entered the U.S. Capitol and impeded, disrupted, and disturbed the orderly conduct of business by the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.”
He was temporarily represented by a federal public defender, but indicated in court filings that he had retained counsel. His attorney’s name was not immediately known.
In a Facebook post, Baranyi’s father said his son graduated from the College of New Jersey, joined the Peace Corps, and also went into basic training for the U.S. Marine Corps but was discharged.
Federal prosecutors say their investigation of the rampage last Wednesday by a mob inspired by President Trump has already led to criminal charges against 70 people from across the country, including several who broke into the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, carrying off records, a laptop and the speaker’s podium.
At least five people died, including Brian Sicknick, a U.S. Capitol Police officer who grew up in New Jersey.
“The scope and scale of this investigation in these cases is really unprecedented,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin for the District of Columbia on Tuesday afternoon, in the Justice Department’s first briefing to reporters since thousands of the president’s supporters smashed their way into the Capitol with the intent to stop lawmakers from tallying the Electoral College votes affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
“The Capitol is essentially a crime scene,” said Sherwin. “We’re going to have I believe hundreds of criminal cases.”
He added that many have been charged with misdemeanors, but called that only a beginning, as they weigh more serious charges, noting that the range of criminal conduct included everything from trespass to theft of mail to assault on officers to the theft of national security information to felony murder and use excessive force.
They are also considering sedition charges against some of the Trump loyalists.
Another New Jersey man, Leonard Guthrie Jr. of Lower Township in Cape May County, is also facing charges. He was arrested for crossing a police barrier on the Capitol grounds, he said, and claims he was already in police custody when the mob forced its way into the Capitol building.
In an interview earlier this week, Guthrie told NJ Advance Media his motivations for going to Washington, D.C. that day were both political and religious. A self-described street preacher, he said he crossed a police barrier in an “act of civil disobedience” and was arrested as he tried to get close to the building. He said he did not try to go inside.