Cheektowaga man in attendance at D.C. riot, says he went to support Trump

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Pete Harding of Cheektowaga

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Please note: this story has been updated with new information News 4 has received after it was published.

Some Western New Yorkers were in attendance as yesterday’s protest at the Capitol Building turned into a riot. Cheektowaga resident Pete Harding was one of them.

He says he and the group he traveled with decided to stay on the outside with other protestors.

“We opted to kind of stay outside of that grid, we didn’t want to get involved with that. We saw how violent it could get so we opted to stay further outside of that,” Harding said. “And it was a great decision, we were out of harm’s way which is nice.”

However, News 4 has now been made aware of pictures and video of Harding inside the Capitol building, as well as outside lighting media equipment on fire.

Harding called the move “symbolic” in a follow up message to News 4.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. says his office has received a number of tips regarding Wednesday’s riot.

“Should we determine that there is a legal nexus between the crimes committed at the Capitol and our jurisdiction, we will not hesitate to charge those responsible,” Kennedy said in a statement.

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