A married couple from Georgia, Charles Hand III and Mandy Robinson-Hand, have been arrested and charged for their involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach.
Both individuals are charged with four criminal code violations, including entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
They were arrested on March 11 by FBI agents who obtained the electronic signatures of the couple’s phones, Facebook posts, surveillance footage, and tips.
Google records showed that mobile devices associated with telephone numbers of the Hand couple were “within or around the U.S. Capitol” on that day, according to a “Statement of Facts” submitted to the court.
“Individuals believed to be Hand and Robinson-Hand were identified in open source documentary footage and in U.S. Capitol closed-circuit surveillance cameras (CCTV), which revealed that Hand and Robinson-Hand were present on the Capitol grounds and inside the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021,” the document said.
An independent witness who knows the couple from personal interactions identified them from CCTV screenshots taken from inside the Capitol building.
Hand, sporting a short brown beard and mustache, is identified as wearing a white collared shirt, dark vest, blue jeans, brown shoes, and a red University of Georgia baseball cap that is emblazoned with a black “G” over a white oval.
Robinson-Hand, with brown hair, was identified as wearing a red shirt, black hooded jacket, blue jeans with rips in front, and dark sneakers.
Footage from Goldcrest Films International Ltd., which captured footage of a mob that gathered outside the northwest side of the Capitol, showed Hand and Robinson-Hand among the crowd.
Hand is seen breaking off a piece of metal fencing and stuffing it in the back pocket of his jeans at around 1:06 p.m. Camera footage from the Capitol shows the couple entering the capital at 2:26 p.m.
One tipster provided information about Hand’s Facebook post describing his experience at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Hand explains that he was “an eye witness of the storming of the United States Capitol on 1-6-2021” and that he was “on the scene” between 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
“In addition, a tipster provided Facebook postings made by Mandy Robinson Hand stating, ‘We’re in the capital [sic]. Taking our house back’, and ‘We’ve Been tear-gassed etc.’ The tipster further reported, ‘This post has since been deleted but Mandy and her husband Chuck were in the Capitol. I cannot tell if they were on any of the images or not’,” said the court document.
Over 750 people have been arrested so far in connection with the Jan. 6 event, with more than 200 pleading guilty to the charges laid against them. Hand and Robinson-Hand are the 20th and 21st people with ties to Georgia who have been arrested regarding the incident.