FBI arrests Mass. man who entered Capitol building during riot
The FBI announced Thursday evening that they arrested a Massachusetts man for entering the Capitol building during the riot last month by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.
Brian McCreary, a Domino’s Pizza employee from North Adams, was charged with two counts of illegal entry and three counts of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, the agency’s Boston office said. The 33-year-old is the fourth Bay Stater arrested in connection to the violent Jan. 6 riot.
The twist is that, according to officials, McCreary was the one who first reached out providing evidence that he entered the Capitol.
According to the FBI report, officials received information through one of their internet portals on Jan. 7 from a Brian McCreary, describing how he followed rioters through the Capitol to take photos and videos of the riot, including of the now-infamous horn-wearing man. The information was sent with multiple video clips.
By his own telling, McCreary was more of an observer to — as opposed to participant in — the Jan. 6 riot, which resulted in the deaths of five people.
However, after McCreary was identified as a Domino’s Pizza employee in a viral Jan. 10 tweet, multiple co-workers told FBI investigators that he repeatedly expressed political views at work, including the unfounded belief that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. McCreary also told a co-worker that he “raided” the Capitol after returning home, according to the report.
— Brian’s Coworker ⁷ (@ppkidiot) January 10, 2021
In a statement Thursday evening, a Domino’s spokesman disavowed McCreary’s actions and noted that the chain’s stores in Massachusetts are owned by independent franchisees.
“Domino’s unequivocally rejects any act of or inciting of violence, political or otherwise,” Tim McIntyre, a spokesman for Domino’s, told Boston.com in a statement. “We strongly reject the alleged actions by the individual in question. This individual is not employed by us. All stores in Massachusetts are owned and operated by independent franchisees.”
Officials say McCreary told FBI agents in an interview that he traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend Trump’s rally on the National Mall, because he was frustrated that an audit was not performed to address unsubstantiated allegations of mass voter fraud perpetuated by the former president and his allies.
After the rally, McCreary said he made his way to the Capitol, where he watched as the demonstration grew heated. According to the report, McCreary said he saw individuals with crowbars and police shields attempting to break Capitol doors and windows. McCreary told officials that the rioting “felt like Antifa,”and he began recording people who were committing crimes or inciting violence.
When the rioters were able to break into the Capiotl, he followed them inside.
According to the FBI report, McCreary said he understood that going into the Capitol “might not have been legal,” but said “he made a personal choice at that point.” Inside the building, he followed the crowd and was photographed with the horn-wearing “QAnon shaman,” whose real name is Jacob Anthony Chansley.
McCreary also said he urged people not to commit acts of violence, according to the FBI. In the tip submitted to the FBI, he said Chansley “seemed to try to incite confrontation by making suggestions to the officer whom was asking for peace” and said things like “Vengeance is coming.”
“I unfortunately did not get a clip of him doing so,” the tip said.
McCreary was photographed multiple times inside the Capitol next to Chansley. According to the FBI report, when shown one of the photos, he identified himself as the individual wearing the blue surgical mask.
After mulling around the Capitol hallways, McCreary told officials he was stopped by a police officer who asked if he was a member of the press. After McCreary said he was not, the officer ordered him to leave. However, officials say McCreary admitted to re-entering the Capitol through a different door that was kicked in moments later.
While inside the second time, McCreary said he was present when a woman was fatally shot by police after attempting to breach a door leading to the Senate floor. Officials said that one of the videos McCreary showed a co-worker upon returning to Massachusetts included the sound of a gunshot. McCreary said he exited the building shortly after.
That was enough evidence for the FBI to charge him for illegally entering the Capitol and disrupting government business.
McCreary is the fourth Massachusetts resident arrested in connection with the Jan 6. riot.
FBI agents arrested a Pittsfield man on Jan. 8 for unlawful entry and violating the curfew set in Washington, D.C., that evening. They also arrested a Malden man and a Natick woman on Jan. 19 for allegedly entering the Capitol and disorderly conduct during the riot.
The FBI’s Boston bureau also announced Thursday that agents had arrested Kyle Fitzsimons, a 37-year-old resident of Lebanon, Maine, for allegedly assaulting a federal officer, illegal entry, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
While Fitzsimmons told a local media outlet that he was clubbed with a baton by a police officer after being unwillingly pushed forward into a line of officers that had formed outside the Capitol, the FBI’s charging documents say surveillance video shows him “pushing and grabbing against officers” who were holding the line.
The FBI has been seeking the public’s help in identifying individuals who made unlawful entry into the Capitol building and committed various other alleged criminal violations, such as destruction of property, assaulting law enforcement personnel, and targeting members of the media for assault. The agency has posted several hundred photos of potential suspects on its website.
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