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Portland woman charged in US Capitol riot identified through social media

Authorities said they identified Lilith Saer in photos of the insurrection in Washington D.C. from her bright blue hair and facial piercings.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland woman is facing federal charges for allegedly storming the U.S. Capitol during last year's Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington D.C. 

Within the first couple weeks of the insurrection, the FBI's Portland office received multiple tips claiming that 30-year-old Lilith Saer had participated in the riot. 

The tips included photos and video on social media that appear to show Saer inside the Capitol building with bright blue hair and distinct facial piercings, court documents said. 

Several of the images were shared on Twitter by known left-wing activists in the Portland area. One of them is a video posted on Jan. 5, 2021 that allegedly shows Saer at a "Stop the Steal" protest in D.C. one day before the insurrection.

Credit: U.S. Department of Justice
Investigators said surveillance images appear to show Lilith Saer inside the Capitol building with distinctive blue hair on Jan. 6, 2021.

Investigators they were able to positively identify Saer last March through an updated search of videos and photos, including a video interview from Portland State University's student newspaper, the Vangard, during a 2019 protest outside Mayor Ted Wheeler's house. 

Court documents said Saer is also known by the names "Drakken Saer" and "Ian Anton Coutu."

The evidence gathered by authorities indicates that Saer is a believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory, which is popular among many right-wing extremists. 

On June 24, a federal judge signed a criminal complaint against Saer, charging her with entering a restricted building with the intent to disrupt an official proceeding and disorderly or disruptive conduct inside the Capitol building. Both are misdemeanor charges.  

Saer was taken into custody on July 7, the U.S. Justice Department's website says.  

Hundreds of people have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection, including several from the Pacific Northwest

Credit: PSU Vanguard
Saer protests out Mayor Ted Wheeler's home in 2019 with a right-wing LGBTQ+ group.

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