BOSTON (WWLP) – A Berkshire County man is among two individuals arrested by federal authorities Thursday on an arrest warrant in connection with the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Agents assigned to the FBI Boston Division’s Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested 33-year-old Brian McCreary of North Adams on a warrant issued by the U.S. Court for the District of Columbia.
The FBI said McCreary was taken into custody without incident and is charged with the following:
- Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority (2 counts)
- Violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds (3 counts)
A photo captured of McCreary shows him standing next to the “horn man” while recording the incidents that took place at the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
The FBI also arrested 37-year-old Kyle Fitzsimons of Lebanon, Maine, on an arrest warrant without incident. Before his arrest on Thursday, Fitzsimons was featured in an FBI seeking information poster.
He was charged with the following:
- Knowingly Entering or Remaining in Any Restricted Building or Grounds without Lawful Authority
- Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds
- Assault on a Federal Officer
- Certain Acts During a Civil Disorder
McCreary, a Dominos pizza deliveryman, is said to have returned to work after allegedly participating in the violent Capitol riots, and told his co-workers he “raided” the Capitol, according to court documents.
On January 12, FBI agents interviewed four co-workers of McCreary and each of them identified him as “the individual standing behind and to the far right of [Jacob Anthony] Chansley, wearing a blue surgical mask, black eyeglasses, a black parka, and black pants, and holding what appears to be a cell phone.”
One coworker also provided the FBI with another photo [below] of McCreary at the Capitol.
In addition, coworkers told the FBI that McCreary had expressed political beliefs on multiple occasions while at work, including the belief that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election.
On January 26, the FBI said McCreary agreed to provide a voluntary statement on his participation in the riots and stated, “that he traveled from his home in Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., in order to attend the ‘rally.’ McCreary stated that he traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the “rally” because he was frustrated with the results of the 2020 Presidential election, specifically the fact that an audit was not performed to address allegations of mass voter fraud.
He also told the FBI that after attending a “rally” earlier in the day where President Trump addressed the crowd, he walked down towards the Capitol, but was stuck in the middle of a large crowd. He took side streets while running in order to get to the front of the mass of people who were headed towards the U.S. Capitol.
The FBI said McCreary told them he directed people inside the building not to harm police officers or commit any acts of violence once inside the Capitol building. He added that he understood going into the building “might not have been legal” but “he made a personal choice at that point.”
Once inside the building, McCreary stated that he turned right twice when the group was confronted by a police officer. McCreary remained in the building for a while longer, following the crowd as they moved about the building.
At some point thereafter, as McCreary was exiting the building, he was stopped by a police officer who asked if McCreary was a member of the press and ordered him to present identification. McCreary provided his driver’s license, stated he was not a member of the press and was ordered to leave the building.
McCreary left the building and then admitted to re-entering the U.S. Capitol through a different door that was kicked in just moments before he re-entered. McCreary stated that when he was inside the U.S, Capitol building for the second time he was present when a woman was shot by a police officer after attempting to breach a door leading to the Senate floor.
McCreary exited the building a short time later.FBI Boston Division
During the interview, the FBI said they showed McCreary the first image pictured above, and he identified himself as the individual wearing the blue surgical mask inside the U.S. Capitol.
As of date, the FBI Boston Division has arrested a total of five individuals in connection with the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol.
The arrest warrants and complaints filed against McCreary and Fitzsimons: