Updated: January 14, 2021 05:30 PM
Created: January 14, 2021 04:05 PM
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Cheektowaga man accused of entering the U.S. Capitol unlawfully on Jan. 6 has pleaded not guilty.
Pete Harding was in federal custody after the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched his home Wednesday. He was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Harding has admitted to participating in the rally on Jan. 6, and posted images on social media showing him wearing the same clothing as the man that appears to be Harding in the FBI photo.
The #FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying individuals who unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Visit https://t.co/0JO0XyU8QG to see a new poster with more people, and if you see someone familiar, submit a tip at https://t.co/buMd8vYXzH. pic.twitter.com/sj22HXTWok
After entering his plea Thursday, Harding was released on his own recognizance on the conditions that he wears a monitoring bracelet, stay in the Buffalo area and only travel to Washington D.C. for hearings. He also must agree to internet monitoring and can not possess firearms, among other conditions.
A Syracuse man was also arrested in connection to the Capitol breach.
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