Man Arrested Near Obama Home Entered Montgomery County School for Jan. 6 Film

A man recently arrested near former President Obama’s home in Washington, D.C., had previously entered a Montgomery County school to film a documentary about the January 6th Capitol riot. Taylor Taranto, a 37-year-old from Washington state, was arrested on June 29th with weapons and ammunition in his van.

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According to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Taranto had entered Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg on June 18th to film footage for a documentary about the January 6th riot. MCPS officials say that Taranto had obtained permission from a teacher to enter the school but had not followed proper procedures for obtaining consent from the school district.

MCPS officials say they were not aware of Taranto’s arrest until after it occurred. They have since launched an internal investigation into the incident and are working with law enforcement to ensure the safety of students and staff.

In a statement, MCPS officials emphasized that the safety of students and staff is their top priority. “We take any potential threat to our schools very seriously,” the statement read. “We are working closely with law enforcement to ensure our schools remain safe and secure.”

Taranto Faces Charges in Connection with January 6th Capitol Riot.

In addition to his arrest near Obama’s home, Taylor Taranto also faces charges concerning the January 6th Capitol riot. According to court documents, Taranto is accused of entering the Capitol building with a group of rioters and carrying a firearm.

Taranto is one of the hundreds of individuals charged with the January 6th riot, which saw supporters of former President Donald Trump storm the Capitol building in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Taranto is held without bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 14th for a detention hearing. The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes his case for the District of Columbia.

The incident at Quince Orchard High School has raised concerns about the security of Montgomery County schools and the need for stricter protocols for visitors. MCPS officials say they are reviewing their procedures for granting access to schools and will implement additional security measures as needed.

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