2 men from Chicago area arrested in US Capitol riots, protests

ByChuck Goudie, Liz Nagy, and Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel and Ross Weidner, and the ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Friday, January 8, 2021
2 from Illinois among those arrested, charged in US Capitol protests, riots
Two men from the Chicago area are among those who were arrested and charged at the riots at the US Capitol Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (WLS) -- Two people from Illinois are known to have been arrested and charged in Wednesday's riots and protests in Washington, D.C.

David Fitzgerald, 48, from Roselle was livestreaming from the Capitol campus as he was being told he was under arrest, charged with unlawful entry while violating the citywide 6 p.m. curfew that had gone into effect Wednesday night. He pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

Bradley Rukstales of north suburban Inverness was also arrested in D.C.

Rukstales is the CEO of Cogensia, a Schaumburg-based data-driven marketing company, who tweeted Thursday evening that he had been placed on a leave of absence for the time being.

"Our CEO, Brad Rukstales, participated in the recent Washington DC protests. Those actions were his own and not acting on behalf Cogensia [sic] nor do his actions in any way reflect the policies or values of our firm," they wrote in part.

The emergency curfew followed a violent attack on America's Capitol building. DC police have put out "Be On The Lookout" or "BOLO" alerts for dozens of people who crashed congressional gates and scattered through the hallowed halls, including a man who was pictured with his feet up on the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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On Thursday morning, the DC Metropolitan Police Department announced 80 people have been arrested since the unrest began, including five people with illegal guns, two others for illegally possessing other illegal weapons, 36 for curfew violations and 25 for curfew violations and unlawful presence on Capitol Grounds.

District authorities said the attackers were encouraged by President Trump himself at a rally a few blocks away.

"It's not just the president who must be held accountable; so too must the domestic terrorists who stormed the capital and threatened members of Congress, what happened yesterday is textbook terrorism," said DC Mayor Muriel Bowser during a press conference.

The fallout from Wednesday's unsecured mayhem has already begun. The Senate Sergeant at Arms is going to be fired according to Democratic leadership and the House Sergeant at Arms will retire after the Capitol was overrun.

Only one of those arrested in connection to the unrest was from DC, MPD Chief Robert J. Contee said.

Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner early Thursday after a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a stunning attempt to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Trump in the White House.

ABC News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.