NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Metro-North employee was arrested on Tuesday by the FBI for allegedly participating in last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol Building.
Will Pepe, 31, was suspended without pay last week after MTA officials suspected him of taking part in the pro-Trump mob that attempted to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney in Manhattan announced the FBI had taken the 31-year-old into federal custody. He is scheduled to make an appearance in White Plains federal court on Wednesday.
The exact charges against him were not made public.
At the time of his suspension, the MTA released a statement denouncing the attacks on the U.S. Capitol.
“Participation in the riot which resulted in deadly violence at the Capitol last week was abhorrent to the values of the MTA and New Yorkers, and those who attacked that symbol of American democracy disqualified themselves from working for the People of New York,” MTA Communications Director Tim Minton said in a statement.
Pepe, who worked at Metro-North’s Brewster rail yard, was allegedly seen in photos inside the Capitol Building during the riots. One such photo was released by Capitol Police last week.
Dozens of Americans are currently being investigated by the FBI and other authorities for allegedly taking part in the riots.
In New York City, at least one member of the New York City police department is under investigation for reportedly taking part in the violent demonstration. The FDNY says it is also investigating several members.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday denounced the riots at the nation’s capital and said any city employee who is found to have participated in the insurrection will be terminated immediately.