Cheektowaga man accused of unlawfully entering Capitol on Jan. 6 pleads not guilty

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.

— FBI (@FBI) January 13, 2021

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.

Copyright 2021 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Comment on Facebook