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Matthew Thomas Purse

Purse was wearing “Press” labels despite not being believed to have any real credentials.  He entered the Capitol around 2:59 P.M., about 30 minutes after the initial breach.  He walked around the Capitol and can be seen recording the events.  At 3:12 P.M., Purse exited the Capitol building.  He was not charged with any violence nor does his Statement of Facts detail any violence.

Please keep in mind that in the United States, every citizen charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • First Name(s): Matthew Thomas
  • Last Name(s): Purse
  • Case Number: 21-cr-00512
  • Arrest Location: Irvine, CA
  • Judge: G Michael Harvey
  • Judge: Paul Friedman
  • Entry Last Updated: 06/19/2023
  • Date Docket Downloaded: 09/08/2021
  • Currently Incarcerated: No
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Obstruction of an Official Proceeding (1) Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds (2) Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds (3) Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building (4) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building (5)

Case Status

Arrested 7/9/21. Initial appearance held 7/26/22 where he was placed on personal recognizance. Arraignment held 8/27/21, entered a plea of not guilty as to all counts. In May 2023, Purse filed a motion to dismiss the case- opposition to the motion was filed by USA on 5/15/23. No decision has been administered as of 6/19/23, and the next court action is unknown.

USA Attorney

Karen Rochlin
Karen E. Rochlin DOJ-USAO 99 Northeast 4th Street Miami, FL 33132 305-961-9234 Email: [email protected] LEAD ATTORNEY ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED Designation: Assistant U.S. Attorney

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