Chicago Man Charged After Allegedly Storming U.S. Capitol

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Chicago Man Charged After Allegedly Storming U.S. Capitol

A Chicago man has been charged in connection with the Capitol Riot on January 6, 2021.

Difficulty entering or staying in a limited building or grounds. Difficulty entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds.

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He is the 16th Illinois resident accused in the Jan. 6 incident.

Trump supporters storm the US Capitol, clash with police, according to an anonymous tip to the FBI. In the story, Ligas was cited as stating,

“We won’t move… We aren’t GOP. We are MAGA. Patriots.”

Investigators say a search warrant revealed a mobile device linked to Ligas was inside the Capitol on Jan. 6.

During the inquiry, officials uncovered a live-streamed YouTube video named “Lots of officers downtown Washington DC” that purportedly showed Ligas.

The person who reported Ligas to the FBI claimed to have seen him wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, a blue jacket, a light blue surgical mask, beige and black hiking boots, and a blue scarf with white stars around his neck.

Investigators said the scarf spotted inside the Capitol matches the scarf shown in the aforementioned YouTube video.

Investigators discovered photos on Ligas’ Google account from Jan. 6 showing a big throng of individuals outside the Capitol.

Ligas reportedly traveled from Chicago’s Midway International Airport to Arlington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport on Jan. 5. Ligas returned to Chicago on Jan. 7.

To remove suspected links with Ligas, the Illinois Democratic Party said in a statement “Darren Bailey must immediately repudiate Mr. Ligas and dissociate himself from him. The governor’s position is not for traitors’ friends.”

But the Bailey campaign denied it.

“This news shocks us and we do not condone any unlawful activity. He was never on our campaign team “a campaign spokesman claimed

Ligas appeared at Dirksen Federal Court on Wednesday.

Ligas responded via email to the charges:

“Chicago is plagued by violent violence and severe corruption, while the US Justice Department pursues law-abiding Patriots.”

He was freed on his own recognizance but must relinquish his passport and cannot leave Illinois until his next court hearing on December 7.

Each charge carries a potential sentence of 6 months to 1 year in jail.