Syracuse man charged in ‘adventure’ during Capitol breach

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – A Syracuse man who acknowledged taking pictures in the U.S. Capitol during last week’s siege as part of a “little adventure” was arrested on two federal misdemeanor charges, according to court documents.

Albert Ciarpelli, 65, was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building and engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds.

Ciarpelli’s lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Ciarpelli told federal agents several days ago he entered the Capitol through a partially opened door and characterized his more than 15 minutes walking through the building and taking pictures as a “little adventure.” He eventually thought it was best to leave.

Thinking back, Ciarpelli told agents “that he was out of his mind and had never done anything like that before,” according to court documents.

He was arraigned Wednesday afternoon before a judge in upstate New York and released. He is due back to court in Washington on Jan. 25, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick told The Post-Standard of Syracuse.

Ciarpelli was captured in news and surveillance photographs inside the Capitol during the Jan. 6 breach, and photos of him were released by the FBI and police.

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