CT man arrested on charges related to Jan. 6 Capitol riot; images show he made it to Congress floor


HARWINTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Another person from Connecticut has been arrested in connection to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The community is reacting to the startling arrest.

Richard T. Crosby Jr., 25, of Harwinton, was arrested Thursday for charges related to the January 6 riot.

A federal criminal complaint was issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia. Crosby Jr. appeared in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Dave Vatti in Bridgeport Thursday afternoon.

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There are a handful of very serious charges; everything from “obstruction of justice” to “knowingly entering and remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority”.

Crosby Jr. appeared in court Thursday with his appointed attorney and was released into the custody of his father. Many people are surprised by this, especially because of the severity of the charges.

The New Haven Field Office of the FBI released a statement Thursday evening:

The FBI will continue to do our part in arresting those individuals identified by FBI headquarters as participating in violent events of January 6th at the US Capitol. 

Anyone with information of others involved in those events, is asked to contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) to verbally report tips.”

Harwinton is a small town with a big arrest. One of the first things you notice driving to Harwinton is all of the American flags on the green; a very patriotic place. People News 8 spoke to Thursday said they are shocked by the arrest and the nationwide FBI investigation coming to their small town.

Kera Robinson of Harwinton told News 8, “You also have to think about the security on it too. Just how much security is there that someone was able to get in that far? Some quiet towns have a lot of people too.”

Jeremy Mooney of Harwinton said of the town, “It’s patriotic, it’s quiet, I mean. It’s dead around like nine o’clock. So I don’t know, that’s crazy, I don’t know what was going through his mind.”

The FBI says the investigation continues as they have arrested more than 400 people nationwide. At least three here in Connecticut.

Robinson added, “Everyone has their own opinions, and lately the opinions are becoming more irrational, so it’s just people being people.”

Amber Sacchi of Harwinton said, “It’s a very low-key town. That is half the reason I moved here so my kids could be in a safe town. Everybody here is very happy and friendly. “

Richard Crosby Jr. was released in the custody of his father and is undergoing psychiatric treatment. His next court date is June 8. We did reach out to the family they did not return our call for comment.

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