William Pepe MTA
William Pepe is an MTA worker who was arrested this month for his part in the January 6 storming of the US Capitol is a member of the Proud Boys, federal officials say — and is now facing more serious charges of conspiracy and civil disorder.
Pepe, a Metro-North Railroad worker, called in sick from his Metro-North job to attend the Washington, DC, rally that ended in a riot, The Post reported. He was indicted on new charges in federal court in the District of Columbia Friday, according to the Department of Justice.
William Pepe Age
William Pepe, of Beacon, NY, is 31 years old as of 2021.
William Pepe Beacon, NY
The new indictment came two weeks after William Pepe’s January 12 arrest on charges of illicitly entering the Capitol building.
DOJ attorneys identified Pepe and Rochester resident Dominic Pezzola, like Proud Boys members who “engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct, influence, impede and interfere with law enforcement officers” by removing metal crowd-control barricades and stealing Capitol Police property.
Pezzola is facing additional charges stemming from allegations that broke a window in the Capitol with a stolen police riot shield.
It was the first filing of conspiracy charges against members of the right-wing Proud Boys group, who call themselves “Western chauvinists” and are known for their violent clashes with Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters.
Pepe has been suspended from his $73,000-a-year job as MTA officials seek his ouster.
William Pepe Lawyer
Mr. Pepe’s lawyer, Susanne Brody, did not respond to an email seeking comment.
The prior charges against Mr. Pepe were only scantly described. In a criminal complaint issued on Jan. 11, prosecutors said that he had used a day of sick leave to attend a “Stop the Steal” protest in Washington and was subsequently photographed inside the Capitol. At a hearing earlier this week, prosecutors made a cryptic reference to an ongoing investigation involving Mr. Pepe, but never fully explained what it was at the time.