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.”
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.”
BREAKING: Aaron Mostofsky, the son of a NY Supreme Court judge was arrested in Midwood Brooklyn on Tuesday morning for his alleged involvement in the Capitol riot. pic.twitter.com/MweFpdvLkX
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) January 12, 2021
Mostofsky’s attorney Jeffrey Schwartz insisted that he did not participate in the riot.
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.