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New York GOP district chief Philip Grillo, a self-proclaimed "Republican Messiah", was arrested within the Capitol constructing within the case of the rebellion

On January 6, 2021, rioters clash with police trying to enter the Capitol through the front doors.

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A New York City man who holds a leadership role in the Queens County Republican Party was arrested Tuesday and charged with participating in the deadly January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Forty-six-year-old Philip Grillo was identified by two tipsters as one of the mob members who entered the Capitol that day with a Knights of Columbus jacket, which he was wearing, among other things. This resulted in a statement of fact signed by an FBI agent.

"I've seen him twice on CNN in two different incidents," a witness told the FBI, finding that they knew Grillo from childhood in the Glen Oaks division of Queens

Grillo, who has been confirmed by the FBI to be a member of a council of the Queens Knights of Columbus, is listed as the GOP leader of the Queens Knights of Columbus District's Republican party group as the GOP leader of the 24th district in Queens.

At the end of 2020, he was denied confirmation as a placeholder candidate in a special election on February 2 for a seat on New York City Council.

Grillo's attempt to get on the ballot and trade someone else for the actual contestant for the races – a tactic that is legal – failed after a Democratic former councilor seeking the seat challenged his petition's signatures would have.

His Facebook page describes himself as "The Republican Messiah", a state GOP commissioner in "President Trump's Hometown District".

"I'm really upset," Grillo's mother told CNBC when asked to comment on his arrest.

The FBI said in the fact sheet that on the day of the riot, a cell phone number was used in and around the Capitol building on behalf of Grillo's mother, who is in her early 70s. She was not charged in the case.

Grillo, one of the many people arrested in connection with the riot, is expected to appear in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

The statement of fact states that he was among the thousands of rioters who swarmed in and around the Capitol on Jan. 6 following a rally by then-President Donald Trump. He asked his supporters to help him fight against the confirmation of Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election. A joint congressional session met that day to confirm Biden's victory.

The statement of fact states that video footage from the Capitol shows Grillo climbing through a broken window around 2:30 p.m. that day and then holding a megaphone.

Another surveillance video shows Grillo in the rotunda and among rioters trying to enter a room that contains doors leading outside, "where more protesters have gathered".

Those doors were ultimately opened by other members of the crowd pushing against Capitol police officers who were trying to keep the doors closed, the document says.

In YouTube footage shot right outside the Capitol, Grillo was seen among a crowd shouting "Fight for Trump".

"This crowd was involved in a physical confrontation with uniformed officers at the entrance," the document said. "Grillo was near the crowd. The crowd, including Grillo, was eventually driven back from the door when officers used a chemical irritant."

The document states that Grillo posted a short video from "Donald J. Trump" 's Facebook page on his own page on Nov. 11.

"Trump's entry was with" WE WILL WIN! "And a short video that says believing in the impossible," the document says.

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