US Capitol insurrection: Tip led to Massachusetts doctor’s arrest

A tip to the FBI regarding the US Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021 led to the arrest of a Massachusetts doctor, court records show.

Dr. Jacquelyn Starer, 68, of Ashland, is facing a litany of charges including assaulting a law enforcement officer; civil disorder; assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers and entering and remaining in a restricted building or ground.

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Starer is identified as a practicing physician licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts, according to court documents filed in federal court.

The FBI received an online tip about Starer a few days after the incident.

Court documents state that on Jan. 11, 2021, an online tip said “they were aware prior to the events of January 6, 2021 that Starer planned to attend a march on the Capitol.”

“Starer bragged to a mutual acquaintance that she ‘was prepared’ for it, with a mesh knife-proof shirt and bottles of pepper spray,” the tipster told the FBI, according to court documents. But they did not know if she had breached the US Capitol Building or she had remained in public areas.

After the tip, court documents state that investigators were able to pull open-source video and images, as well as surveillance footage at the Capitol, where they found multiple images of Starer “participating in the riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 .”

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“Ms. Starer’s arrest brings the total number of people arrested from the FBI Boston Division’s area of ​​responsibility to 19,” according to an FBI spokesperson.

The tip about Starer isn’t the only tip that has led to an arrest in Massachusetts.

Brian McCreary, 33, of North Adams, is shown in the left of this photo wearing a blue surgical mask and taking video of the Capitol insurgency.

A 33-year-old Massachusetts pizza delivery driver was identified by his coworkers as being in photos near one of the most emblematic characters of the insurgency, Jacob Anthony Chansley, who was shown in images wearing an animal pelt helmet and face paint.

“I was like, ‘Oh my god. That’s Brian.’ Like that is his face from him, those are his glasses from him,” Aine McDonald told MassLive. “I even recognized his shoes from him. That was him. I knew that was him 100%.”

The 19-year-old’s co-worker, Brian McCreary, 33, was arrested and charged in connection with the violent uprising Jan. 6 at the US Capitol in Washington. He has since pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, court documents state. McCreary was sentenced to 36 months of probation, including 42 days of intermittent incarceration and two months of home detention. He was also fined $2,500 and $500 in restitution.

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“I never thought that taking a summer job delivering pizza would involve me in an FBI investigation,” McDonald said.

The FBI has been asking for help from the public to identify those who were at the Capitol in January for nearly two years.

“The #FBI is still seeking information to help identify individuals who actively instigated violence on January 6 in Washington, DC,” the FBI tweeted Jan. 10, 2021.

Since then they have continued to ask for information and tweet out specific photos of individuals.

A month after the insurrection, the FBI told MassLive it has received more than 200,000 digital media tips from the public.

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“We cannot do our job without the help of the American people,” said assistant director in charge Steven M. D’Antuono last month. “Since our call for tips, videos, and pictures, we have received more than 100,000 pieces of digital media — which is absolutely fantastic — and are scouring every one for investigative and intelligence leads.”

As of December, more than 1,000 photos are on the FBI’s website with a request for information from the public. In March, the FBI stated it was still looking for information regarding 350 people, CNBC reported.

Boston’s Anti-Defamation League are also using photos from the incident to identify well-known people or organizations from New England that were at the Capitol.

“Anyone who went to the Capitol and participated cannot now pretend it didn’t happen and hide their identity,” said Robert Trestan, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Boston office.

ADL’s Center on Extremism has been using this method to identify extremists in the past. But doing it for the Capitol insurrection was actually more difficult than usual, Trestan said.

“In Charlottesville, it was actually much easier to just look at photographs and match them up to known extremists who are open and public about their racism and their antisemitism,” he said. “With the Capitol it is a little more challenging, because many people who may not previously have been public with extremist views were caught up in it and actually went into the Capitol and committed crimes.”

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For example, he said, “the leaders of the Proud Boys are pretty open about it but hundreds of people went into the building and committed crimes. Not all of those people had previously been publicly associated with the National Socialist Club or the Proud Boys.”

Those with tips regarding the US Capitol insurrection can call 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov.

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