A former NYPD officer and a prominent Queens Republican are the latest arrests in our area connected to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
- Mary Alice, thank you. Meanwhile, two more arrests were announced in our area following the siege on the Capitol Hill back on January 6. Prosecutors say that Philip Grillio of Queens entered the capitol through a broken window and then made his way around three Capitol Police officers, and then joined a crowd shouting, "Fight for Trump." Now, this crowd was engaged in a physical confrontation with uniformed officers at the entryway. The crowd, including Grillio, was eventually driven back from the door when officers employed a chemical irritant. He was released on $100,000 bail.
Meanwhile a federal judge decided former NYPD officer Thomas Webster will be held without bail for attacking a Capitol Police officer. Federal prosecutors say Webster used an aluminum pole that had been holding in a Marine Corps flag to beat the officer. The 54-year-old surrendered to the FBI in New Windsor in Orange County yesterday afternoon. If he pleads guilty he will receive a minimum of five years behind bars. Webster's is the first retired NYPD officer charged.