Skip to main content

Bay Area man dubbed ‘Tunnel Accountant’ arrested in connection with Jan. 6 riots

CCTV footage shows Patrick Allen Bournes (wearing a Trump hat circled in red), 59, of Santa Clara, breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. | Courtesy U.S. Department of Justice

A Santa Clara man has been arrested on charges related to actions during the Jan. 6 Capitol Riots, the U.S. Attorney's District of Columbia Office announced Tuesday.

Patrick Allen Bournes, 59, was arrested in San Jose on Jan. 29. Bournes is charged with a felony offense—obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder—and several misdemeanors, including disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, engaging in physical violence on such grounds, and impeding passage through the Capitol grounds and buildings.

READ MORE: Two Years After Capitol Attack, the Bay Area Remains Vulnerable to Right-Wing Extremism

Bournes is accused of getting into a physical confrontation with law enforcement at an entrance to the U.S. Capitol known as "the Tunnel," the site of "one of the most prolonged and dangerous assaults on police on Jan. 6, 2021," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release.

Twitter sleuths have dubbed Bournes the "#TunnelAccountant."

The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that Bournes was part of a mob that pushed against officers during a two-and-a-half-hour clash at the Tunnel.

Bournes is accused of entering the Tunnel at 3:03 p.m., pushing his way to the front of the police line, passing what appears to be a police shield through the crowd before exiting out of the tunnel. He then allegedly moves with others to press against the police line.

Since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 950 individuals were arrested in nearly all 50 U.S. states for offenses relating to the Jan. 6 Capitol Riots, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

Christina Campodonico can be reached at