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Alleged Republican Activist From NYC Accused of Participating in Capitol Siege – NBC New York

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  • An obvious Republican activist from Queens was arrested in connection to his participation in final month’s lethal storming of the U.S. Capitol — after being recognized because of his distinctive Knights of Columbus jacket.
  • Philip Grillo, 46, was arrested in his girlfriend’s home. Federal expenses towards Grillo embrace unlawfully coming into the Capitol Building and impeding the functioning of authorities.
  • According to FBI paperwork, two witnesses recognized Grillo to the FBI from video footage they noticed broadcast on tv of the Jan. 6 siege.

An obvious Republican activist from Queens was arrested in connection to his alleged participation in final month’s lethal storming of the U.S. Capitol — after being recognized because of his distinctive Knights of Columbus jacket.

Philip Grillo, 46, was arrested in his girlfriend’s home. Federal expenses towards Grillo embrace unlawfully coming into the Capitol Building and impeding the functioning of authorities.

According to FBI paperwork, two witnesses recognized Grillo to the FBI from video footage they noticed broadcast on tv of the Jan. 6 siege.



On Jan. 14, the FBI allegedly obtained an nameless tip from a witness that stated they are saying Grillo “storm” into the Capitol on CNN footage. The witness additionally stated, “I saw him twice in CNN in two separate incidents”. Additionally, in line with FBI paperwork, the witness acknowledged they knew Grillo from rising up with him in Glen Oaks, New York.

Subsequently, on Jan. 18, a second tipster contacted the FBI and recognized Grillo from CNN footage. This witness included a video and a picture taken from their cellphone of the CNN footage the place they recognized Grillo (seen under), in line with federal paperwork.



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A witness offered the FBI with a video and a picture taken from their cellphone of newscast footage the place they recognized Philip Grillo as one of the alleged members in final month’s U.S. Capitol siege.

The second witness met up with the FBI, in line with paperwork, and recognized Grillo in the CCTV footage and stated that they had recognized Grillo for many years, rising up with him and going to the identical colleges and knew his face. The witness additionally stated Grillo was a member of the Knights of Columbus — a spiritual fraternal service order. FBI paperwork say that CCTV footage exhibits Grillo carrying a particular Knights of Columbus, St. Anne’s Council #2429, Glen Oaks, New York embroidered jacket (photographs under).

Philip Grillo wearing Knights of Columbus jacket


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Philip Grillo apparently in his Knights of Columbus jacket — a jacket used to determine him as one of the alleged members in the U.S. Capitol siege.

The FBI carried out an open-records test of Grillo and confirmed he’s a member of the Knights of Columbus chapter, matching the jacket’s description.

Additionally, in line with the FBI, CCTV pictures from contained in the Capitol captured Grillo climbing via a damaged window on the Capitol and was noticed holding a megaphone.

Philip Grillo allegedly entering the U.S. Capitol Building


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Philip Grillo allegedly coming into the U.S. Capitol through a window with a megaphone in hand.

This newest growth follows a myriad of arrests and expenses towards a quantity of tri-state residents in connection to the violent occasions that unfolded early final month when a mob of former President Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. 

Nearing two months after the siege, the FBI continues to make arrests all through the nation. Since the violent riot, a quantity of tri-state residents have been arrested and charged with numerous crimes in connection to the lethal occasion, together with a New York City sanitation employee, the brother of a retired NYPD officer, an MTA employee and an Upper West Side neighborhood chief.

Additionally, a person who surrendered on the FBI’s Hudson Valley office Monday to face expenses in reference to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol siege is a retired NYPD officer who had been assigned for a time to work perimeter safety at City Hall and at Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence, regulation enforcement officers with direct data of the investigation advised News 4 Tuesday.



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