North Adams Man Arrested For Presence Inside Capitol
Another local man from Berkshire County man has been arrested in relation to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Brian McCreary, 33, of North Adams was arrested near Springfield on Thursday by agents from the FBI's Boston bureau.
McCreary is facing initial charges of two counts of entering a restricted building or grounds, and three counts of violent entry and disorderly conduct. A number of those arrested have had further charges added.
David Lester Ross, 33, of Pittsfield was arrested in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 and charged the next day with curfew violation and unlawful entry.
McCreary was identified by a co-worker in an image with the so-called "QAnon shaman" Jacob Chansley, who is being held in an Arizona detention facility.
Western Mass New reports that the FBI interviewed four of McCreary's co-workers, who identified him in the pictures and said he spoke of "raiding" the U.S. Capitol.
McCreary tried to make himself as a peacekeeper during the riot, in an interview with the FBI conducted Jan. 26. While inside the Capitol, McCreary was captured in photos near a shirtless Arizona man wearing face paint and a hat with horns. According to the FBI, he confirmed that he was the person in the photo and said he’d gone to Washington, D.C., to attend the Trump rally.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that The FBI provided this narrative of McCreary’s actions Jan. 6, based on his interview with authorities:
“Once inside the building, McCreary stated that he turned right twice when the group was confronted by a police officer. McCreary remained in the building for a while longer, following the crowd as they moved about the building. At some point thereafter, as McCreary was exiting the building, he was stopped by a police officer who asked if McCreary was a member of the press and ordered him to present identification. McCreary provided his driver’s license, stated he was not a member of the press and was ordered to leave the building.
McCreary left the building and then admitted to re-entering the U.S. Capitol through a different door that was kicked in just moments before he re-entered. McCreary stated that when he was inside the U.S, Capitol building for the second time he was present when a woman was shot by a police officer after attempting to breach a door leading to the Senate floor.”