The son of a prominent New York judge was arrested Tuesday for his role in last week’s assault on the Capitol by supporters of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump.
Aaron Mostofsky was arrested at his brother’s residence in New York’s Brooklyn district, police sources told the New York Post and The New York Times.
The man is the son of Shlomo Mostofsky, a Kings County (Brooklyn) Supreme Court justice and a well-known figure in New York’s Orthodox Jewish community.
Mostofsky faces several federal charges, including trespassing, disorderly conduct and theft of government property, and is expected to appear before a judge today.
The man was photographed inside the Capitol during last Wednesday’s assault, wearing furs, a police bulletproof vest and carrying a riot shield, and his images were among the most publicized by the media during the episode.
Especially one in which the young man can be seen sitting on a sofa holding the police shield and looking lost, while next to him another man walks around the building with a Confederate flag.
Mostofsky spoke to a New York Post reporter during the raid on the congressional building, claiming that he had traveled to Washington to denounce the alleged electoral fraud that Trump has been claiming since his November election defeat.
“We were robbed. I don’t think 75 million people voted for Trump, I think it was closer to 85 million.” the man said in a video published by the newspaper, in which he assures that some states that have traditionally voted Democratic, such as New York, actually went over to the Republican side in the last elections and were “robbed” with fraud.
In recent days, authorities have arrested many of the people who participated in the riots on Capitol Hill and have asked for citizen collaboration in identifying and locating many more.