New York man Aaron Mostofsky arrested for storming US Capitol cries in court

A man allegedly involved in the US Capitol riots wept as he made his first appearance in court.

Aaron Mostofsky, who multiple news outlets identified as the son of New York Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Mostofsky, was arrested after photos of him at the US Capitol dressed in a fur costume appeared in an article by the New York Post.

Holding a riot shield and wearing a bulletproof vest, he told The Post inside the Capitol building last week that "75 million people voted for Trump" and "the election was stolen".

Mostofsky has been charged with theft of Government property, unlawful entry, knowingly impeding Government business and disorderly conduct. 

At a court hearing in Brooklyn on Tuesday (local time), defence lawyer Jeff Schwartz said his client "was not part of the mob and was not rampaging".

"He got caught up in it," Schwartz said, as reported by CNBC. "He will stay far away from Washington, any political rallies, he will have nothing to do with any of that stuff."

Judge Sanket Bulsara released Mostofsky on a $100,000 bail bond and will be monitored electronically, CNBC said.

Mostofsky.
Mostofsky. Photo credit: Reuters / New York Post

Several other suspects appeared in federal courts throughout the US on Tuesday, including Lonnie Coffman, whom a Judge ordered be detained after police discovered explosives and guns in his car, along with handwritten notes containing the name of a member of Congress.

Five people were killed after the storming of the Capitol last week, including local police officer Brian Sicknick. 

Reuters / Newshub.