NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities have arrested another New York City area man in the Jan. 6 rampage at the U.S. Capitol.
Chris Kelly was released without bail on Thursday after being charged disorderly conduct and other federal counts. The FBI had picked up Kelly on Wednesday in suburban Rockland County in the latest of several arrests in the region of suspected rioters who did little to hide their involvement — or even bragged about it.
A message was left with Kelly’s defense attorney.
Court papers describe how Kelly, the brother of a retired New York City police officer, was warned in a social media chat before he went to Washington to beware of antifa activists, a reference to members of anti-fascist groups who resist white supremacists at demonstrations.
“No worries, I’ll be with ex NYPD and some proud boys. This will be the most historic event of my life,” Kelly responded, according to the papers.
A confidential source provided the FBI screen shots of a chat with Kelly on Jan. 6 in which wrote, “We’re in!” and posted photos of marauders inside the Capitol, the court papers said.
Asked if that meant he was inside, Kelly responded, “Sure spread the word, Taking this back by force now, no more bs,” the papers added.