Son of Brooklyn judge is arrested over role in riot at Capitol

His brother said Aaron Mostofsky was “pushed inside” the building and “did nothing illegal.”

Aaron Mostofsky, center, wears a vest emblazoned with the word "police" as pro-Trump extremists breach the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6. –Erin Schaff/The New York Times

NEW YORK — The son of a Brooklyn judge was arrested Tuesday morning over his role in last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Aaron Mostofsky was taken into custody at his brother’s home in Brooklyn, according to a person briefed on the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Mostofsky is among the dozens of people who have been investigated by federal and local authorities in the days since the riot in Washington. The Justice Department and the FBI are pursuing more than 150 suspects for prosecution, sifting through tens of thousands of tips after asking for the public’s help in identifying those who forced their way into the Capitol.

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Mostofsky’s father is Kings County Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Mostofsky.

In a video from inside the Capitol on Wednesday, Aaron Mostofsky told the New York Post: “We were cheated. I don’t think 75 million people voted for Trump — I think it was close to 85 million. I think certain states that have been red for a long time turned blue and were stolen, like New York.”

The video showed Mostofsky wearing fur pelts and what appeared to be a bulletproof vest while holding a protective shield belonging to the Capitol Police.

He faces four federal charges, including illegal entry into a restricted area, disorderly conduct and theft of government property.

In an interview last week with Gothamist, his brother, Nachman Mostofsky, said his brother was “pushed inside” the building and “did nothing illegal.”

“He definitely was not part of the riot,” Nachman Mostofsky told Gothamist.

A lawyer for Mostofsky could not immediately be identified.

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