man who called former President Donald Trump
's opponents "traitors" deserving of death
was arrested on Jan. 6 for allegedly smashing a window in the United States
Kurt Peterson was arrested on Wednesday by the FBI
in Louisville, and he was charged with several crimes, including destruction of government property and unauthorized entry into a restricted building.
According to court documents filed by the Justice Department
, Peterson admitted to being involved in the Capitol insurgency via Facebook
In a Jan. 10 post, Peterson claimed to have entered the Capitol building on the day of the riot with “3 men who had served our country in special forces.” He claimed to have “told everyone that we were not there to hurt anybody or damage anything,” but rather to “right the wrongs of the previous election
Peterson wrote that he witnessed law
enforcement shoot a woman inside the Capitol that day, possibly referring to Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by police
as she attempted to breach a barricaded door near the Speaker's Lobby outside the United States House of Representatives
Peterson claimed he tried to help the injured woman but was stopped.
He ended his post by saying that he didn't "trust many branches or people
in our government," so he was "moving
continuously and wrapping my phone in such a way that I hope it cannot be tracked."
“Unfortunately, I do not trust many branches or people in our government, particularly the federal bureau of investigation
, so I am constantly moving and wrapping my phone in such a way that I hope it cannot be tracked.” pic.twitter.com/6gMldmObIu — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) June 16, 2021
According to federal investigators, there is video of Peterson smashing an exterior window pane of the Capitol building with “wooden sticks and his fist.”
The man identified as Peterson can be heard yelling, "This is our house. Let us in. Our house," in the video.
“THIS IS OUR HOUSE.” Here is the YouTube
clip used by the FBI in the Kurt Peterson case: pic.twitter.com/9StegQlyfq — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) June 16, 2021
According to investigators, Peterson "previously posted on his Facebook page that Democratic
lawmakers who oppose Trump were traitors and that the penalty for treason was death."
Peterson is one of over 500 people arrested by the Justice Department in connection with the Capitol riot
on January 6
Earlier this month, the Justice Department stated that its “resolve to hold accountable those who committed crimes on January 6th has not, and will not, wane.”
Reporting was contributed by Ryan J. Reilly.