The New York Daily News reports that a Republican Queens district leader was arrested this week for participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, according to federal prosecutors.
Phillip Grillo, 46, was arrested by the FBI on Monday and was charged for storming the halls of congress during the Trump-incited siege on Jan. 6 that left a police officer and several rioters dead.
Grillo, a Queens district leader in the 24th District, is a vocal Trump supporter. He wore a Trump pin in photos and called the district he led “Trump’s Hometown District” on his Facebook.
Grillo was identified by a Knights of Columbus jacket he was wearing inside the building, federal prosecutors said.
The Daily News reported that Grillo also “was identified by two people who saw him on CNN coverage of the riots, both of whom said that they’d known him for decades in Glen Oaks, Queens.”
Prosecutors said the Republican was seen on camera climbing through a broken window to enter the Capitol building at about 2:20 p.m., according to the report.
Grillo proceeded to walk all around the Capitol, “took videos of himself and carried a megaphone with him, prosecutors said.”
He was also part of a crowd that pushed against three Capitol police officers who were barring their entry to the Rotunda, eventually pushing through and allowing the rioters access to the room, according to surveillance footage.
“If the charges against him are proven to be true than he should resign and pay the price for the crimes he allegedly committed,” said Eric Ulrich, a Republican city councilman in Queens who has known Grillo for years. “I always knew him to be a die hard party leader but I never thought he’d be capable of being a part of an insurrection.”
Grillo, whom the FBI confirmed was a member of a Queens Knights of Columbus council, is listed as being the GOP leader of the 24th Assembly District in Queens by that county’s Republican Party group.
In late 2020, he was blocked from being confirmed as a place-holder candidate in a special Feb. 2 election for a seat on the New York City Council.
His Facebook page refers to himself as “The Republican Messiah,” a state GOP committeeman in “President Trumps Hometown District.”
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