The sister of a Chicago police officer who was arrested in connection with the insurrection on January 6 at the United States Capitol is now facing criminal charges of her own for allegedly breaking the law by entering the Capitol building.
After federal investigators recognised Agnieszka Chwiesiuk in photos and videos taken during the riot in the Capitol building, they took her into custody. She was accused of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; engaging in disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; engaging in disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol building; and engaging in parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
The federal government claims that she is in a photo with her brother, Chicago Police Department officer Karol Chwiesiuk, who is also accused of participating in the riot and is facing five misdemeanour charges.
The FBI has released a statement of facts claiming that on January 6, 2019, Agnieszka Chwiesiuk, along with her brother and other people, walked down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol after attending a rally for former President Donald Trump.
An FBI agent noted that around 2:58 p.m., Agnieszka had moved to the front of the crowd of rioters in the NW Plaza and entered the Capitol through the damaged Senate Wing Door. Less than 10 minutes later, she allegedly left the building through a broken window after entering the Capitol’s Crypt and making her way toward a door in the Senate wing.
Open source videos, Capitol surveillance footage, and images recovered from her brother’s phone have allegedly all been used to positively identify Agnieszka Chwiesiuk by investigators. According to the FBI, Agnieszka Chwiesiuk asked if she, too, would be arrested after her husband, Karol was identified and arrested in June 2021 at their home in Chicago.
The FBI agent wrote in the document, “At that time, the agents responded that they were not there to arrest her.”A federal complaint states that Karol Chwiesiuk is being charged with disorderly conduct, disruption of government business, and entry into a restricted building.
According to the complaint, investigators were able to piece together his whereabouts using geolocation data that showed he left Chicago on January 4, arrived in Washington, D.C. on January 5 and 6, and then returned home to Illinois on January 8.
Court Appearance Scheduled For Sister Of Chicago Police Officer Charged In Capitol riot
Accusations have been filed against the sister of a Chicago police officer in connection with the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6. The FBI has determined that the woman seen in photos taken from her brother Karol Chwiesiuk’s phone is 29-year-old Agnieszka Chwiesiuk of Chicago.
A year ago, Chicago police arrested Karol Chwiesiuk at his home. According to court documents, when police were arresting Agnieszka Chwiesiuk, she asked, “Are you going to arrest me too?
” Agnieszka Chwiesiuk was eventually arrested after police initially declined to question her because of her family ties, but further investigation revealed she had participated in the attack on the Capitol with her brother.
Both brothers and sisters have been arrested on federal charges of entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct.
Chicago Police Officer’s Sister Is The Latest Person To Be Arrested In Connection With The Capitol Hill riot Charges
The sister of a Chicago police officer who was charged for his involvement in the riot that broke out on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, has also been charged with criminal offences.
Chicago resident Agnieszka Chwiesiuk, 29, was arrested on Monday and charged with, among other things, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, engaging in disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, engaging in disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
Attorney Keith Scherer for Agnieszka Chwiesiuk was unavailable for comment Monday evening. She has been indicted for minor offences. She’s at least the 35th person from Illinois to face charges related to the riot in the state Capitol.
Court documents show that an FBI agent described a woman with long hair who was with Chwiesiuk’s brother, Karol, the police officer when they were both in the Capitol. She was described as having on a black coat and a black mini backpack in addition to a red knit cap with white and blue stripes, a white and blue face mask depicting inverted U.S. flags, and black shoes. Most of her face was hidden in the available photos and videos because she always wore her hat pulled low over her eyebrows.
Agnieszka Chwiesiuk reportedly asked if she would be arrested alongside her husband Karol when the FBI raided their Chicago home in June 2021.
The Charges Like That Weren’t Even Included In The Complaint Against Agnieszka
According to the complaint submitted on Monday, when agents went to arrest Karol Chwiesiuk at the family home on the Northwest Side in June 2021, his sister “spontaneously” asked if they were going to arrest her too.
At that time, agents said they decided against arresting the woman. According to the complaint, the FBI initially lost photos from her brother’s smashed phone showing them at a rally for President Donald Trump and later inside the Capitol.
After his arrest, Chicago Police Officer Karol Chwiesiuk, who had been working for the department since 2018, and who had most recently been assigned to the Harrison District, had his police powers revoked. His trial, to which he has pleaded not guilty, is scheduled for May.
Meanwhile, his sister became at least the 36th Illinoisan to face federal charges in what has been called “one of the largest criminal investigations in American history” related to the attack on the United States Capitol.
According to the United States Department of Justice, at least 964 people have been arrested in all 50 states and DC on charges related to the break-in at the United States Capitol.
James McNamara, a Chicago resident, was arrested earlier this month on charges of assaulting police officers and other violence after he was allegedly seen on video using a metal railing to ram the doors of the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot.
Roughly 900 people’s January 6th actions have resulted in federal criminal charges. To date, over four hundred of them have pleaded guilty, most of them to minor offences. The rioters’ punishments have varied widely, from community service for minor infractions to ten years in prison for one man who attacked an officer with a metal flagpole.