Of course the violence was appalling and indefensible. Just like the violence over the last four years.
Speaking hypothetically, if a citizen of Vermont traveled to Washington D.C. for the sole purpose of participating in a peaceful protest (legal conduct), but during that protest spontaneously decided to commit a crime against the United States, or other unlawful acts, that crime would be prosecutable in courts in the District of Columbia, not in Vermont.
“None of us really knew what was going on,” he said. “…A capitol police officer made an announcement that protestors were actually in the capitol. I was very, very surprised… that they got in. It’s very secure. We were concerned…about the level of enforcement. Then we started hearing noises. We were told to put on our gas masks.”