NATICK – An elected Natick Town Meeting member, who travelled to Washington DC earlier this month, and participated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol has been arrested.
Suzanne Ianni, 59, was arrested at her Natick home. She will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Boston.
She is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
There have been photos posted on social media of Ianni inside the Capitol during the attack. A photo of her travelling to DC was posted on Twitter.
A petition was circulated in the Town of Natick to remove her as a Town Meeting Member. It received more than 500 signatures.
Editor’s Note: Ianni posted on her Linkedin account she was a freelance writer for SOURCE. This is inaccurate. She submitted an op-ed to SOURCE, which was published in April 2019.
Below is the press release from the U.S. Justice Department
A Massachusetts man and woman were arrested today and charged in connection with unlawfully entering the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Mark Sahady, 46, of Malden, Mass. and Suzanne Ianni, 59, of Natick, Mass., were each charged by criminal complaint with one count of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Sahady and Ianni will make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Boston this afternoon.
According to the criminal complaint, Sahady is the vice president of an organization called “Super Happy Fun America,” which allegedly purports to advocate for the “straight community.” Beginning on approximately Nov. 16, 2020, Sahady tweeted statements exhibiting a belief that the presidential election was stolen, and that people need to gather in D.C. on January 6, 2021 to respond. Photos posted on a Twitter account connected to Super Happy Fun America show Sahady on a bus with other individuals with the caption, “Bus 1 of 11 coming to Washington DC. See you there!”
According to the criminal complaint, Ianni is also involved with “Super Happy Fun America.” The complaint alleges that Ianni organized buses for Super Fun Happy America to transport individuals to Washington D.C. for the January 6, 2021 event. Ianni is pictured alongside Sahady in the bus photo on Twitter. Following the Capitol breach, the public and media posted photos and identified people who were at the riot and entered the Capitol. Photographs show Sahady and Ianni standing next to each other inside the U.S. Capitol during the breach.
The information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Information on charges regarding violence at the Capitol, including defendants’ names, charges, case status, and court case numbers, is available at https://www.justice.gov/opa/investigations-regarding-violence-capitol.
The charge of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority provides for a sentence of up to one year in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $100,000. The charge of disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds provides for a sentence of up to six months in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $5,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
These cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the DOJ’s National Security Division, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts.
The case are being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division.
The ATF and FBI continue to urge the public to report suspected use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.
The FBI is looking for individuals who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at fbi.gov/USCapitol.