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: 1:21-mj-475
  • Arrest Location: Irvine, CA
  • Judge: G Michael Harvey
  • Entry Last Updated: 07/28/2021
  • Date Docket Downloaded: 09/08/2021
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Charges

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 Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Case Status

Arrested 7/9. Initial appearance held 7/26. Defendant placed on personal recognizance. Status hearing set for 8/23 at 1 pm.

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