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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2022

New Jersey Man Arrested on Felony and Misdemeanor Charges For Actions During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

Defendant Accused of Assaulting Officer

WASHINGTON — A New Jersey man has been arrested on felony charges, including assaulting a law enforcement officer, for his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

Peter Michael Krill, 54, of Sewell, New Jersey, is charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with two felonies: assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers; and civil disorder; and four misdemeanors: knowingly entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a capitol building; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

Krill was arrested this morning in Sewell, NJ. He made his initial appearance in the District of New Jersey.

According to court documents, law enforcement officers reviewed footage from the body worn cameras (“BWC”) of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers present at the U.S. Capitol. At approximately 1:35 pm, an individual later identified as Krill can be seen in the BWC footage grabbing the barricade and pulling it away from the officers, briefly allowing a group of protesters to push into the officers before being pushed back behind the barricade.

Law enforcement officers also reviewed surveillance video from cameras mounted within the U.S. Capitol Building and observed an individual, later identified as Krill, entering the U.S. Capitol Building from the Upper West Terrace door at approximately 2:36 p.m. EST and exiting the U.S. Capitol Building from the east side of the Capitol at approximately 3:23 p.m. EST.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office South Jersey Resident Agency and the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.

In the 23 months since Jan. 6, 2021, close to 900 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 270 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing. 

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.

A complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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Updated December 15, 2022