Two Brooklyn men were arrested Tuesday on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct during the Jan. 6 riot at the United States Capitol.
Antonio Ferrigno Jr., 26, and Francis Connor, 23, were charged with being among nearly 600 indicted in the uprising that resulted when supporters of former President Donald Trump descended on the Capitol.
Two couples were arraigned at the Brooklyn federal courthouse after investigators reportedly found photos and videos linking them to the riots.
Ferrigno and Connor were released on their own behalf after an initial appearance before a Brooklyn judge, who ordered them not to interact with each other or with any co-defendants, co-conspirators, or potential victims or witnesses.
Ferrigno, seen wearing a blue face mask and gray sweatpants, walked in front of Connor, who was pictured wearing a similar outfit of a black t-shirt and jeans, from the Brooklyn courthouse.
In a letter of indictment, Judge Zia M. Faruqui alleged that the men violated U.S. Law Codes 18 and 40 for illegally entering the Capitol and using threatening languages on the grounds on Jan. 6.
Antonio Ferrigno Jr, 26, (left) and Francis Connor, 23, (right) were seen today exiting the Brooklyn federal courthouse after attending an arraignment after the FBI found footage of them in the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The men dressed casually for the hearing. Ferrigno (left) sent out of 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 charged with violating United States Code (USC) 18 by illegally entering the prohibited building, which was closed to the public during the riots, and for disorderly conduct.
It was also alleged that the FBI had probable cause to charge the men with violations of USC 40 for using knowledge that had used disruptive, threatening and abusive language on the Capitol grounds.
An agent of the Joint Terrorism Task Force said in their fact sheet that they identified Ferrigno and Connor through the cell phone of another defendant, Anton Lunyk, who was being searched under a warrant.
Investigators say they found a photo of the three in the Capitol building on Lunyk’s Instagram, which gave the FBI reasonable grounds for a search warrant.
Investigators say they were able to identify Ferrigno and Connor in the photo and retrieve the contact details of the two men, including emails, Instagram handles and phone numbers associated with their accounts.
The FBI searched the phone of Anton Lunyk, 26, and found a photo of the three of them in the Capitol (pictured)
When revealing Instagram posts dated Jan. 10, Connor sent four recipients a message confirming that the Capitol building was
They also allegedly appeared in a recorded livestream video from that day on the Instagram page of Anthime Gionet — who calls herself “Baked Alaska” — where investigators were able to identify the restricted area of the Capitol.
The men were also allegedly caught on the Capitol Police CCTV cameras.
Instagram posts between Connor and Lunyk reportedly reveal that Connor admits to being the Capitol.
Court documents allege that Lunyk sent a photo of the three posing in the Capitol to Connor to three other recipients.
Connor, in turn, sent the photo to four recipients on January 10 with the caption, “I was in the Capitol.”
In a group chat between the three on January 7, 2021, Ferrigno denied being in the Capitol on January 6.
He claimed the footage he had was “out of the blue” in front of him, but Lunyk (the FBI assumes I was “me”) fired back that he was “behind him” in the Baked Alaska video
Ferrigno also claimed they were “forced to the Capitol,” but didn’t say what they were like
Phone messages between Connor and Ferrigno document Connor asking for the alleged video of him jumping out the window.
Court documents claim Ferrigno sent the requested video of Connor climbing out the window of the Senate wing.
Ferrigno is said to have sent the photo of the three together, to which Connor replied: “This has nowhere to go.”
Lunyk’s phone also provided evidence that Ferrigno “denied” his involvement in the riots, investigators say.
Anthime ‘Baked Alaska’ Gionet livestream showed Ferrigno (circled in red) in the background of his video
In a second image, Ferrigno was pictured in the livestream 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 livestream video, telling the others that the footage “can’t go anywhere”
Ferrigno told Connor and who the court assumes is Lunyk: “I dropped the footage of someone.”
Lunyk probably replied, “You’re behind him, lmao.”
Ferrigno persisted, saying, “I’m not, I don’t have facial hair.”
He also claimed later in the conversation, “WE WERE FORCED IN THE CAPITAL,” but didn’t explain how.
The January 6 Capitol riot started after Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election.
Trump’s support descended on the Capitol in hopes of nullifying the election results and Biden’s victory.
More than 600 people have been charged for their involvement in the riots.
On August 30, only 45 people pleaded for their charges Insider.
The FBI is currently searching social media, video footage, phone location records and public tips to find all the rioters involved.