A conversation between two women led to the arrest of a New Jersey man in connection with the riots on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol, according to court documents.
More than a week after the siege led by supporters of former President Donald Trump, the mother of Robert Lee Petrosh told a friend that her son had participated in the mob storming into the Capitol, authorities said. That friend then told his grandson, who according to the document informed the FBI about his alleged role.
Federal authorities first learned of Petrosh when an anonymous online tipster told the FBI he was “on the steps” of the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to the complaint. Petrosh̵
The photos were taken from inside the federal building, authorities said. In one of them, Petrosh appears to be holding a cell phone inside one hand while wearing a black long-sleeved T-shirt, blue jeans and a green crossbody bag. The picture showed him sitting on a bench inside the Capitol.
In the second picture, he appears to have the same clothes standing near the wing door of the house around noon. 15.20
The FBI officer previously worked with and attended social gatherings with Petrosh, authorities said. He also said he occasionally sees Petrosh gardening.
Petrosh, 51, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, handed in earlier this week.
He was accused of entering or staying in a confined building; disruptive and disruptive behavior in a restricted building disorderly conduct for Capitol reasons; and parading, demonstration or emphasis in a Capitol building according to court documents.
He was released on $ 50,000 bond Tuesday and is expected to appear in court in Washington, DC via Zoom on May 11.
Steven Sheffler, his lawyer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Petrosh was one of hundreds across the country who have been charged in connection with the attack, which left five dead, including a Capitol police officer.
The siege led to the unprecedented second indictment of Trump, who held a demonstration rally ahead of the riots promoting false alleged election fraud. He was later acquitted in the Senate.