Son of Brooklyn judge arrested for participating in Capitol invasion

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2021

Federal agents have arrested the son of a Brooklyn judge on charges that he was among the protesters who stormed the U.S. Capitol. He was released on $100k bail with strict conditions.

Mostofsky's attorney said his client is aware of the seriousness of the charges against him. but insists he was just "caught up" in the moment.

According to NBC News, Aaron Mostofsky, 34, who was clad in furs during the riots, was arrested in the NY area and is expected to make an initial appearance in Brooklyn federal court later Tuesday.

"We have concerns about Mr. Mostofsky", Hafetz added. "He understands how the whole thing in Washington got totally out of hand".

Regarding the ban on state capitols, Hafetz noted there is a "potential for such gatherings".

Prosecutors allege that he stole a police riot shield and bulletproof police vest during the rampage.

Prosecutors allege that he stole a police riot shield and bulletproof police vest.

Mostofsky's father is Shlomo Mostofsky, a state Supreme Court judge in Brooklyn and a high-profile member of New York's Orthodox Jewish community.

They cite photographs of Mostofsky, including on his Instagram page, which show him inside the Capitol with the shield and vest.

The FBI, in a criminal complaint, said Mostofsky posted to social media accounts as far back as 2018 about wanting to protest or riot due to Republican election losses. An Arizona man seen in photos and video of the mob wearing a fur hat with horns was also charged Saturday in Wednesday's chaos.

Mostofsky faces up to ten years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

"While we all respect each other's ability to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights, acts in violation of federal law will not be tolerated", William F. Sweeney, Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI's NY field office, said in a statement.

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