Two Virginia Beach brothers charged with entering U.S. Capitol during riot

Jane Harper, The Virginian-Pilot
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Two Virginia Beach brothers were charged this week with entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, according to court documents.

Eric Von Bernewitz and Paul Von Bernewitz were each charged on Wednesday with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

According to a statement of facts filed in the case, Eric Von Bernewitz wanted to attend a rally for then-President Donald Trump that day and his brother, Paul, agreed to go with him. Paul Von Bernewitz said he went along to “take care of” his brother because his right arm is paralyzed, the document said.

The two marched to the U.S. Capitol after the rally. Eric Von Bernewitz told the agent they “got caught up in the excitement of the crowd” and went into the building. He said they only stayed inside for about 10 minutes and left.

Both men made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Norfolk on Wednesday and were released on personal recognizance bonds.

Jane Harper, 757-222-5097, jane.harper@pilotonline.com