WASHINGTON – A New York man was sentenced today to eight months in prison for his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. His actions and those of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress called to determine and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Aaron Mostofsky, 35, of Brooklyn, New York, was convicted in the District of Columbia. According to court documents, Mostofsky – dressed as a caveman and carrying a cane or cane – was among the crowd gathered at 12:55 p.m. on January 6 as rioters swarmed a police perimeter stationed near the Peace Circle, outside West of the Capitol. building. He and other rioters then reached the West Plaza. At around 1:35 p.m., he joined a group of rioters pushing against a police cordon that was trying to limit crowd access to the Capitol. Mostofsky used his weight and strength to break the police cordon. At approximately 2:09 p.m., he ascended the exterior stairs to the Upper West Terrace of the Capitol, heading for the door to the Senate wing.
En route, he picked up a United States Capitol Police body armor and put it on. Minutes later, the mob smashed the windows next to the door to the Senate wing, entered the Capitol, and smashed the door from inside the building. Mostofsky entered the door at 2:13 p.m., around the 12and no one to enter that way. He quickly picked up a United States Capitol Police riot shield that had been set aside by another rioter. He followed the crowd to a staircase, where they chased a United States Capitol Police officer upstairs and into the hallway of the Ohio Clock, just outside the venue. of the Senate. At around 2:36 p.m., after giving an interview to a reporter, Mostofsky left the building, taking the police vest and riot shield with him. He was stripped of the shield by a United States Capitol police officer.
Mostofsky was arrested on January 12, 2021 in Brooklyn. He pleaded guilty on February 2, 2022 to a felony civil disorder and misdemeanor charge of theft of government property and entering and staying in a restricted building or property. After his prison sentence, Mostofsky will be placed on probation for 12 months. He must also perform 200 hours of community service and pay $2,000 in restitution.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
The case is being investigated by FBI field offices in New York and Washington, which identified Mostofsky as No. 24 in his fact-finding photos. Valuable assistance was provided by the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Capitol Police.
In the 15 months since Jan. 6, 2021, nearly 800 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 250 people charged with assaulting or obstructing the ‘law application. The investigation is still ongoing.
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