Doctor accused of city officer on January 6 arrested and charged

  • A practicing physician from Massachusetts was arrested and charged in the Capitol riot on January 6 this week.
  • Prosecutors allege Jacquelyn Starer hit a police officer in the head while inside the Capitol.
  • At least 964 people have so far been arrested in connection with the attack.

A Massachusetts doctor accused of punching a police officer in the head during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot was arrested and charged Tuesday.

Dr. Jacquelyn Starer, 68, was charged with multiple counts in connection with the riot, including two counts of aggravated assault, resisting or obstructing police officers and civil disorder.

Starer’s arrest Tuesday came two days before the congressional committee on Jan. 6 released its final, 845-page report detailing the Capitol riot and former President Donald Trump’s role in it.

According to court documents, Starer is a practicing physician in Ashland, Massachusetts.

Prosecutors say Starer entered the Capitol about 10 minutes after a crowd of Trump supporters first entered the building that day. Open-source photos and videos from the siege appear to show Starer approaching a group of Metropolitan Police Department officers inside the Capitol before making physical contact with one.

Starer proceeded to strike an officer on the left side of the head, according to investigators. Police later told prosecutors that a blonde woman in a red jacket and hat was responsible for the assault. The unnamed officer said the blonde woman came at her a second time before the officer punched her in response.

Surveillance images and video show Starer wearing red clothing and a Trump hat while at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Police later identified Starer in photos as her attacker, according to court documents.

An anonymous tipster contacted the FBI just days after the attack and told investigators that they were aware before the riot that Starer had planned to participate in the march on the Capitol, prosecutors said. The tipster said Starer had bragged to a mutual acquaintance that she was “prepared” for the incident with a knife-resistant mesh shirt and bottles of pepper spray, according to court documents.

Investigators then used surveillance phones and videos, as well as phone and hotel records, to confirm Starer’s presence in DC near the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

After she allegedly punched a police officer, Starer appeared to be under the influence of chemical irritants that authorities used in an attempt to quell the crowd, according to court documents. Photos from the riot show Starer receiving first aid to her eyes and face.

The doctor did not have an attorney listed in federal court records as of Friday. An email address that appeared to belong to Starer did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

At least 964 people have been arrested in connection with the attack and more than 460 people have so far pleaded guilty.

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