A Boston-area man was charged today as a participant in the failed Capitol coup on Jan. 6.
Noah Bacon - listed in an FBI statement as a Somerville resident, but in a formal court charge as a Lexington man - was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, entering or remaining in the gallery of either house of Congress, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and obstruction of justice in Congress.
According to a "statement of facts" by a US Postal Service inspector who worked on the case, Bacon went way further into the Capitol than other alleged failed regime changers from the Boston area - he made it into the Senate chambers, as memorialized on some video posted by the New Yorker:
New Yorker Reporter Luke Mogelson captured this video. Your affiant located a man believed to be BACON at approximately the four-minute mark, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with a white T-shirt over it and a dark colored U.S. Space Force hat. In the video, this man believed to be BACON helps to open a Senate balcony door as he and others enter the balcony area of the U.S. Senate Chamber. About the same time, an unidentified person in the crowd announces, “Where the fuck are they? Where are they?” Another unidentified individual says, “While we’re here, we might as well set up a government.” Still others are shouting, “Treason. Treason.” I compared images of this man believed to be BACON from the video to the Massachusetts RMV image of BACON and to the Instagram image depicted above, and they all appear to depict the same individual. ...
Your affiant also located images of BACON inside multiple areas of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. For instance, below are two still images of BACON captured from CSPAN video footage taken on the floor of the Senate Chamber on January 6, 2021. This footage reveals BACON remained in the Chamber for approximately ten minutes, sitting in the back row of the Chamber. BACON also fist bumps other rioters in the area and observes others in the Chamber discussing Senate procedural rules, among other things, while in the Chamber. ...
Your affiant also located images of BACON on United States Capitol Police security cameras. I compared these images to those above captured by CSPAN, in which Witness 1 positively identified BACON. Based on the clothing, facial features, and hat, agents believe the following photograph captures BACON walking inside the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021, during the Capitol Riot.
On his yoga-instruction page, Bacon writes:
I have been fascinated by spirituality and the study of human nature, healing, and human potential as long as I can remember. I started in middle school with my parent's bookshelf and haven't stopped since. After completing high school with honors I started traveling and doing odd jobs along the way in search of what I had been reading about for years - actualized teachers.
My studies brought me to Maui, Brazil, Peru, all around the USA, and many places in between. I have trained in academic mindfulness based practices, such as a 200-Hour yoga training at Shoshoni Yoga Retreat in Colorado and 500-Hour at the Kripalu Center in Western Mass. I have traveled to meet public as well as unnamed teachers and have lived with master meditators apprenticing in 24/7 immersive "karate kid" style. In search of universal truth and my own truth I have hitchhiked cross country and traveled thousands of miles around our Hemisphere and have met amazing people everywhere I went. My emphasis is entirely on substance free practices, but I have joined in plant ceremony with Andean Q'ero shamans and participated in Wampanoag and Kahuna traditional sweat lodges. I love practices that celebrate life and self development.