State Department security officer arrested on Jan. 6 charges

State Department security officer arrested on Jan. 6 charges

A man who served as a State Department security officer was arrested Tuesday by the FBI on four charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Kevin Alstrup, whose current status at the department is unclear, was arrested in Washington and faces four misdemeanor charges, including disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, unlawful picket and parading, entering and remaining in a restricted building and disorderly conduct in the Capitol building.

The Hill has reached out to the State Department for comment.

According to the arrest affidavit, the FBI obtained information that Alstrup was employed by the State Department after his address appeared in response to a government search warrant for devices that were located inside the Capitol building during the insurrection.

“FBI personnel also determined that Alstrup, as part of his employment, is familiar with providing security and protection for high-ranking government officials or sensitive locations, like embassies,” the bureau wrote.

The affidavit noted that photos of Alstrup inside the Capitol during the riots were shared with his supervisor, who confirmed his identity.

Alstrup spent approximately 28 minutes inside the Capitol, according to the arrest warrant. During that time, he was seen photographing rioters who were entering and exiting the building while they were all being told by Capitol police officers to leave the building.

After three years of investigations, more than 1,200 individuals have been charged with federal crimes related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol. At least 730 of them have pleaded guilty.

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