KEY POINTS

  • The man wearing pelts with police vest and shield was released on bail following an arrest
  • The man in the costume was identified as Aaron, Brooklyn Judge Steven Mostofsky's son
  • Aaron, who claimed he was only exercising his freedom, faces four counts and set to appear on virtual trial on Jan. 25

The authorities released Aaron Mostofsky, the son of a well-known Brooklyn judge, on Tuesday, following his arrest earlier in the day on charges that he participated in the violent insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Mostofsky was reportedly charged with theft of government property, unlawful entry into a restricted area, an illegal entry with intent to impede government functions, and disorderly conduct.

Mostofsky’s camp claimed he wasn’t part of the mob -- but why was he even there, dressed in caveman outfit, in the first place?

Supreme Court Justice Shlomo "Steven" Mostofsky’s son was spotted at the Capitol during the joint session of Congress that certified the Electoral College's vote and affirmed Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election.

Motofsky, who wore fur pelts and carried a police bulletproof vest and a Capitol Police riot shield, was identified on a video taken with a mobile phone during the Capitol breach, CBS New York reported.

Mostofsky said in an interview taken during the Capitol riot that he entered the Capitol building to express himself as a free American and show his beliefs that he claimed were stolen by the presidential election. As for the vest and shield, he said he found them on the floor.

Mostofsky was with his brother Nachman on the day of the riot. Nachman, an executive director of Chovevei Zion, a Brooklyn district leader, and vice president of the South Brooklyn Conservative Club, did not enter the Capitol building, Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

In an interview with the Gothamist, Nachman claimed that his brother was not part of the Capitol riot and did not do anything illegal. He also claimed that his brother entered the building because people pushed him inside.

Mostofsky’s attorney also claimed that his client “was not part of the mob and was not rampaging.”

Following his arrest on Tuesday, the 34-year-old was brought before a Brooklyn judge. Mostofsky was released to the custody of his older brother, Neil Mostofsky, on bail amounting to $100K, according to TMZ.

Other than the bail, there were conditions Judge Mostofsky’s son needed to follow, including abiding by a set curfew. Aaron also was not allowed to talk to his other co-defendants.

Furthermore, he was ordered to have a GPS unit attached to his ankle. Since the court prohibited Aaron Mostofsky from leaving New York City without pretrial service’s permission, defense lawyer Jeffrey Schwartz will be requesting permission to let him visit his mother’s grave in Nassau, the New York Post reported.

Mostofsky’s D.C. federal court virtual trial is scheduled on Jan. 25.