Karol Chwiesiuk is charged with knowingly getting into or remaining in a restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, in accordance to a legal grievance filed Wednesday.
Chwiesiuk made a courtroom look Friday morning earlier than Magistrate Judge Gabriel Fuentes in Chicago and was ordered launched on a private recognizance bond, in accordance to Assistant US Attorney Joseph D. Fitzpatrick of the Northern District of Illinois.
The FBI tracked Chwiesiuk by means of geolocation and communication data related together with his Google electronic mail account and cellphone, in accordance to the legal grievance.
Chwiesiuk allegedly despatched pictures of himself on the riot carrying a beige Chicago police sweatshirt and allegedly despatched messages earlier than the riot saying he was going to DC “to save the nation,” the legal grievance says.
The police officer went to the Capitol the evening earlier than the riot and took 44 images, which he despatched to three folks, in accordance to the courtroom doc.
Chwiesiuk is accused of getting into Sen. Jeff Merkley’s workplace on January 6 and strolling by means of the Capitol Crypt, taking a photograph of himself contained in the Capitol, earlier than leaving by means of a damaged window, in accordance to the legal grievance.
NCS has reached out to his lawyer for remark.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown mentioned Chwiesiuk was (*6*) on June 2 after Brown turned conscious of Chwiesiuk’s alleged participation in the riot.
Chwiesiuk was a member of the Chicago Police Department for two ½ years, Brown mentioned.
“What happened in DC on January 6 was an absolute disgrace. The fact that a Chicago police officer has been charged in that attack on American democracy makes my blood boil,” Brown mentioned. “It makes me sick to my stomach. And yes, if these allegations are true, it breaks my heart.”
Chwiesiuk is due again in courtroom for a standing listening to on June 18 at 2 p.m. CT.