US Capitol rioter pleads for forgiveness, says he 'got caught up in the moment'

A man involved in the US Capitol riots last week has made an emotional plea for forgiveness.

Josiah Colt of Idaho said in a statement to CBS 2 he "got caught up in the moment" and tried to convince others not to cause damage. Images captured on the day show Colt hanging from the Senate balcony.

"I recognise my actions, that have brought shame upon myself, my family, my friends, and my beautiful country," he said in the statement to CBS. "I love America, I love the people, I didn't hurt anyone and I didn't cause any damage in the Chamber.

"In the moment I thought I was doing the right thing. I realise now that my actions were inappropriate and I beg for forgiveness from America and my home state of Idaho."

Josiah Colt.
Josiah Colt. Photo credit: Getty

Some on Twitter weren't so forgiving, however.

"You are a criminal and you should be charged, arrested, and tried as an insurrectionist," one user said in a post.

CBS reports that Colt has been in contact with a lawyer and deleted social media.

Five people were killed after the storming of the Capitol last week, including local police officer Brian Sicknick. Dozens are also facing criminal charges.