New Hartford man charged in U.S. Capitol riot following FBI investigation

A New Hartford man has been charged in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 after admitting to FBI agents that he was inside the building during the riot.

Posted: May 14, 2021 11:40 AM
Updated: May 14, 2021 12:43 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – A New Hartford man has been charged in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 after admitting to FBI agents that he was inside the building during the riot.

Eric Bochene was arrested May 13 and charged with two counts each of:

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  • Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority
  • Violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds

The FBI received multiple tips and reviewed several public photos showing Bochene inside the Capitol building, standing near Jake Angeli, also known as the QAnon Shaman.

Evidence also included text messages where Bochene allegedly admitted to a tipster that he was at the riot, saying “It’s me. I was there.”

The FBI says they received at least five tips regarding Bochene’s activity on Jan. 6.

Two tipsters had reached out to the FBI after they heard that Bochene bragged about his involvement to another person. The FBI interviewed that person, who is another New Hartford resident, on Feb. 16. Bochene allegedly spoke with this person on the phone on Jan. 6, and when asked if he was at the White House, he replied “yes.” The tipster told FBI Bochene also admitted to breaking a window, and being one of the first people inside the building.

After finding the tips credible, the FBI interviewed Bochene at his New Hartford home on Pinecrest Road on March 10. According to investigators, Bochene admitted to being at the Capitol on Jan. 6, and showed authorities a two-minute video he recorded inside the building. Bochene could be seen in the video, and told the FBI it was his voice heard in the recording.

The criminal complaint against Bochene was filed April 26, but he was arrested on May 13, and appeared in court May 14.

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