The son of a prominent Brooklyn judge was arrested Tuesday for taking part in the storming of the US Capitol.
Aaron Mostofsky, 34, was arrested at his brother’s home in the New York City borough, according to local reports. He was expected to appear before a federal court later Tuesday.
Mostofsky faces four charges, including theft of government property, unlawful entry to a restricted building and disorderly conduct, according to the chargesheet.
Prosecutors allege that he stole a police riot shield and bulletproof police vest.
They cite photographs of Mostofsky, including on his Instagram page, which show him inside the Capitol with the shield and vest. He was also wearing fur pelts and carrying a stick.
Mostofsky faces up to ten years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.
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His father is Kings County Supreme Court Judge Steven (Shlomo) Mostofsky, a former president of the National Council of Young Israel, an Orthodox synagogue association that has been outspokenly supportive of President Donald Trump.
Mostofsky was among the many Orthodox Jews who came to the Capitol to protest, telling the Post that he wanted “to express my opinion as a free American that this election was stolen” from Trump. Mostofsky is one of dozens of “persons of interest” sought by Washington police for unlawful entry to the building.
“We were cheated,” he said. “I don’t think 75 million people voted for Trump — I think it was close to 85 million.”
Mostofsky’s brother Nachman, the executive director of Chovevei Zion, a politically conservative Orthodox advocacy organization, as well as a Brooklyn district leader and vice president of the South Brooklyn Conservative Club, also attended the rally Wednesday but did not enter the Capitol.
Asked by the Gothamist website about his brother’s involvement with the mob that entered the Capitol, Nachman said Aaron was “pushed inside.”
“My brother did nothing illegal,” Nachman told Gothamist. “He definitely was not part of the riot.”