Queens man becomes 3rd local person arrested in connection to Capitol riot investigation

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Queens man with ties to the Proud Boys is in federal custody for allegedly posting threats online to send an armed caravan to Washington.

He is the third local person arrested in connection with the investigation into last week's Capitol riot.

Federal agents seized a weapon and computer from the Middle Village home of Eduard Florea after he had allegedly posted online about organizing an armed caravan to head to Washington following the deadly riot, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

Investigators do not believe Florea participated in the riot at the Capitol.

Florea was sentenced to a year in prison in 2014 after police found more than two dozen weapons where he was living at the time on Staten Island.

Also under arrest is the son of a Brooklyn judge charged with theft of government property after he was seen in the Capitol wearing fur pelts and police officer's bulletproof vest, carrying a riot shield.

Also charged is Will Pepe of Beacon, an employee of the MTA who allegedly called in sick to attend the riot and took a smiling selfie inside the Capitol with an American flag draped around his neck.

He has been suspended from the agency without pay.