NYC: Retired NYPD cop surrenders over alleged role in Capitol riot

A retired NYPD officer captured on surveillance footage festively shaking a tambourine inside the Capitol Rotunda during the deadly Jan. 6 siege surrendered to the FBI Tuesday morning.

Sara Carpenter, 51, of Richmond Hill, Queens, is charged with one count each of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building, disorderly conduct or disruptive conduct in a restricted building, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

In security footage, the ex-cop can be seen inside the Rotunda wearing a red hat, green coat and black boots, as she twirls around and shakes the tambourine, prosecutors allege.

The FBI got an anonymous tip on Jan. 7 after she called a relative and admitted she had been inside the Capitol building during the riot and said she had been teargassed before returning home that night, a criminal complaint states.

On Jan. 18, the FBI interviewed Carpenter, who said she drove to Washington, DC, to join a pro-Trump rally. “Carpenter stated that at the rally point, she heard President Trump’s words on the jumbo televisions and speakers instructing people to rally back, not leave, and march to the Capitol,” the complaint alleges.


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