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Cry baby! Son of Supreme Court Judge who stormed the Capitol armed with a stick weeps in court as he is facing federal charges

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Aaron Mostofsky, the son of a Brooklyn judge, stormed the US Capitol on January 6.

  • On Tuesday, he was arrested on account of several federal charges including felony theft of government property.
  • A judge has approved Mostofsky’s release on a $100,000 bond and imposed travel restrictions.
  • The 34-year-old is expected to appear at a video hearing on January 25.

The son of a Brooklyn judge stormed the US Capitol and gave a video interview while he was in the building.

Aaron Mostofsky wore fur pelts and a bulletproof vest during the MAGA riot on January 6. The 34-year-old stormer is the son of the prominent Kings County Supreme Court Judge Steven Mostofsky (Shlomo). According to The New York Times, when the rioter was in the US Capitol building, he had stopped “amid the melee to give an interview while clutching a riot shield”. He had reportedly spoken to the New York Post and claimed, “We were cheated. I don’t think 75 million people voted for Trump — I think it was close to 85 million.”

Aaron Mostofsky leaving Brooklyn Federal court

On Tuesday, the rioter was taken into custody by FBI agents. 

Mostofsky was arrested on account of several federal charges. According to the Daily Mail, these charges include “theft of government property […], unlawful entry and disorderly conduct, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.” In a video posted on Twitter, one can see multiple FBI agents outside Mostofsky’s home, carrying the fur pelts which he had worn during the riots. The New York Times reported that, according to a court filing, the rioter had sent the following message to a friend on January 6: “If we find each other, look for a guy looking like a caveman.”

Mostofsky court sketch

Mostofsky’s attorney Jeffrey Schwartz insisted that he did not participate in the riot.

At a court hearing on Tuesday, Mostofsky’s defense attorney Schwartz claimed, “I believe the evidence will show that he was not part of the mob, that he was not rampaging.” The US Magistrate Judge Sanket Bulsara agreed to releasing Mostofsky on a $100,000 bond and limiting his travel to New York City. The travel restrictions, CNN explained, prohibit him “from communicating with co-defendants or co-conspirators in the case” and “from attending political rallies or entering state capitols.” Josh Hafetz, Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, commented on the travel limitations:

These are of particular importance given what is already widely reported, as expected potential for social gatherings and violence and threats associated with those. It’s important Mr. Mostofsky not engage in the behavior he engaged in last week.

Aaron Mostofsky is expected to appear at a video hearing on January 25.
If convicted, he can face up to ten years in prison. 

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