Two Brooklyn men were arrested Tuesday on trespassing and disorderly conduct charges in the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Antonio Ferrigno Jr., 26, and Francis Connor, 23, were charged with being among nearly 600 individuals who have been charged in the insurrection that resulted when supporters of former President Donald Trump descended on the Capitol.
Two pair were arraigned at the Brooklyn Federal courthouse after investigators allegedly found photo and videos linking them to the riot.
Ferrigno and Connor were released on their own recognizance after an initial appearance before a Brooklyn magistrate judge, who ordered them not to have contact with each other or any co-defendants, co-conspirators or potential victims or witnesses.
Ferrigno, seen wearing a blue face mask and gray sweatpants, walked ahead of Connor, who was pictured wearing a similar outfit of a black t-shirt and jeans, from the Brooklyn courthouse.
In a criminal complaint letter, Judge Zia M. Faruqui claimed the men violated US Law Codes 18 and 40 for illegally entering the Capitol building and using threatening languages on the grounds on January 6.
Antonio Ferrigno Jr, 26, (left) and Francis Connor, 23, (right) were seen leaving the Brooklyn Federal courthouse today after attending an arraignment hearing after the FBI find footage of them in the Capitol on January 6
The men dressed casually for the hearing. Ferrigno (left) was sending leaving the courthouse in gray sweatpants, a black t-shirt, and a blue face mask. Connor (right) was seen wearing dark pants, a black Polo t-shirt, and a white face mask
The men are accused of breaking United States Code (U.S.C.) 18 by illegally entering the restricted building, which was closed to the public during the time of the riot, and for disorderly conduct.
It was also alleged that the FBI had probable cause to charge the men with violation of U.S.C. 40 for using knowing using disruptive, threatening, and abusive language on the grounds of the Capitol.
An agent of the Joint Terrorism Task Force said in their statement of facts that they identified Ferrigno and Connor via the cell phone of another defendant, Anton Lunyk, which was searched under a warrant.
Investigators say they found a photo of the three inside the Capitol building on Lunyk’s Instagram, which gave the FBI reasonable cause for a search warrant.
Investigators say they were able to determine Ferrigno and Connor in the photograph and were able to obtain contact information for the two men, including emails, Instagram handles, and phone numbers associated with their accounts.
The FBI searched Anton Lunyk’s phone, 26, which found a picture of the three of them standing inside the Capitol building (pictured)
In revealing Instagram messages from January 10, Connor sent four recipients a message confirming in was the Capitol building
They also allegedly appeared in a recorded live stream video from that day on the Instagram page of Anthime Gionet – who refers to himself as ‘Baked Alaska’ – where investigators were able to identify the restricted area of the Capitol.
The men were also allegedly caught on the Capitol Police’s CCTV cameras.
Instagram messages between Connor and Lunyk allegedly reveal Connor admitting to being the Capitol.
Court documents claim that Lunyk sent a photo of the three posing in the Capitol to Connor to three other recipients.
In turn, Connor sent the photo to four recipients on January 10 with a message that read: ‘I was in the Capitol building.’
In a group chat between the three on January 7, 2021, Ferrigno denied being inside the Capitol building on January 6
He claimed the footage he had was ‘air dropped’ to him, but Lunyk (the FBI presumes as “Me”) fired back that he was ‘behind him’ in the Baked Alaska video
Ferrigno also claimed they were ‘forced into the Capitol,’ but did not state how they were
Phone messages between Connor and Ferrigno document Connor asking for the alleged video of him jumping out the window.
Court documents claim that Ferrigno sent the requested video of Connor climbing out the Senate Wing Window to him.
Ferrigno allegedly sent the photo of the three of them together, to which Connor replied: ‘This can’t go anywhere.’
Lunyk’s phone also provided evidence of Ferrigno ‘denying’ his involvement in the riot, investigators say.
Anthime ‘Baked Alaska’ Gionet live stream showed Ferrigno (circled in red) in the background of his video
In a second image, Ferrigno was pictured in the live stream wearing a blue Trump hat and facial hair. He claimed it wasn’t him and because he doesn’t ‘have facial hair’
Connor (circled in blue) also appeared in the live stream video and told the others the images ‘can’t go anywhere’
Ferrigno said to Connor and who the court presumes to be Lunyk: ‘The footage I have someone air dropped to me.’
Lunyk presumably replied: ‘Ur behind him lmao.’
Ferrigno persisted and said: ‘That’s not me I don’t have facial hair.’
He also claimed later in the conversation: ‘WE WERE FORCED INTO THE CAPITOL,’ but did not explain how.
The January 6 Capitol riot began after Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential election.
Trump supported descended on the Capitol in hopes to overturn the election results and Biden’s win.
More than 600 people have been charged for their involvement in the riot.
Only 45 people have pleaded to their charges as of August 30, according to Insider.
The FBI is currently searching social media, video footage, phone location data, and public tips to find all the rioters involved.