A Republican district chief from Queens was arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol constructing final month, federal prosecutors introduced on Thursday.
Philip Grillo, 46, was taken into custody by FBI brokers at his girlfriend’s dwelling in Glen Oaks, Queens on Monday. The Trump-supporting GOP chief — who represents Meeting District 24 — was recognized for his position within the rebellion by his distinctive Knights of Columbus jacket, prosecutors mentioned.
In response to court docket papers, Grillo entered the Capitol constructing by way of a damaged window, then walked the halls of Congress carrying a bullhorn whereas recording himself on a cellular phone. He was allegedly among the many frontline of rioters who “engaged in a bodily confrontation with uniformed officers on the entryway.”
Grillo is a vocal Trump supporter on Fb, and has beforehand shared posts in favor of the NYPD and police unions. He filed paperwork to run as a placeholder candidate for Metropolis Council within the Queens Council District 24 — however was rebuffed by a choose, in keeping with the Queens Each day Eagle.
Metropolis Councilman Eric Ulrich, one other Queens Republican, instructed Gothamist he was “shocked” to be taught of the arrest. “I do know him to be a really devoted district chief within the county,” he mentioned. “Usually talking I at all times discovered him to be somebody who was very wise and regular.”
Joann Ariola, the chair of the Queens GOP, and a candidate for Queens Borough President, instructed Gothamist she was nonetheless “ready for the information” earlier than weighing in on Grillo’s alleged conduct.
“Wouldn’t it shock me that he was contained in the Capitol constructing?” she mentioned. “I’d hope that that is unfaithful.”
Grillo is ready to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon. Inquiries to his lawyer weren’t instantly returned.