The son of a New York judge and former president of the National Council of Young Israel, an Orthodox synagogue association that has been outspokenly pro-Trump, was among the rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, according to Gothamist.
On Tuesday, the FBI arrested Aaron Mostofsky, the man who wore fur pelts and a bulletproof vest as he stormed the Capitol. The arrest was at Mostofsky’ home in Brooklyn.
Videos circulating on social media on Tuesday morning showed several FBI agents outside the house. One video showed an FBI agent carrying a fur pelt out of the building. State police officers also were visible in the videos.
The FBI confirmed the arrest and said that Mostofsky would be charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. According to ABC7 New York, Mostofsky would face four charges, including felony theft of government property.
The arrest comes amid a nationwide crackdown on the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol building last week. While police on the scene initially allowed most people who breached the building to leave, many are now being arrested in their home cities, often after efforts by online sleuths to identify them from the videos and photographs that emerged during the violent and chaotic siege.
Mostofsky was one of dozens of “persons of interest” sought by Washington police for unlawful entry to the building. He was among the Orthodox Jews who came to the Capitol to protest, telling the New York Post that he wanted “to express my opinion as a free American that this election was stolen” from President Donald Trump.
Mostofsky was photographed several times during the insurrection next to Jake Angeli, a QAnon supporter who also wore a horned hat and furry outfit, though it is not clear that their outfits were coordinated.
“We were cheated,” Mostofsky said. “I don’t think 75 million people voted for Trump — I think it was close to 85 million.”
Mostofsky is the son of Steven (Shlomo) Mostofsky, a Kings County Supreme Court Judge and former president of the National Council of Young Israel, an Orthodox synagogue association that has been outspokenly pro-Trump in the past. Mostofsky’s brother, Nachman, who is the executive director of Chovevei Zion, a politically conservative Orthodox Jewish advocacy organization, also attended the protest in Washington last Wednesday but said he left before the mob entered the Capitol.
“No conservative will condone what happened today, the actual storming of the Capitol … it was unpatriotic,” Nachman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on the day of the riots, before his brother was publicly identified as a participant in the violence. “But we heard for months during the summer when people don’t feel heard, this is what happens.”
Jewish Telegraphic Agency