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Capitol riot suspect caught after grandma gossip

A Capitol riot suspect from New Jersey was caught after news of his participation was passed to the grandmother of an anonymous witness.

Robert Petrosh of Mays Landing, N.J., was arrested Wednesday and is facing four charges in connection with the riot, according to the Department of Justice.

About one week after a mob attacked the Capitol, an anonymous tipster told the FBI that Petrosh was on the steps of the Capitol, according to an FBI affidavit.

When the bureau followed up, the tipster said Petrosh's mother told their grandmother that Petrosh went inside the Capitol.

In late January, the witness told the FBI that Petrosh had been "lying low" after others who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 were being arrested.

The bureau obtained a copy of Petrosh's drivers license, and found photos of him inside the building.

Another FBI agent who knew Petrosh for about 15 years positively identified Petrosh in photos of rioters standing near the House wing door.

Petrosh, 51, is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

According to NBC News, he was released on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in a virtual court hearing on May 11.

More than 400 people have been charged in connection with the Capitol riot, which saw supporters of former President Trump ransack the building in an attempt to disrupt the certification of President Biden's Electoral College victory.

The riot led to five deaths and Trump's second impeachment for inciting the riots. The Senate voted to acquit Trump of the charge.