20th Person with Roots in New Jersey to be charged in Capitol Insurrection

CAMDEN - An Atlantic County man was arrested yesterday for taking part in the U.S. Capitol Insurrection.

Robert Lee Petrosh, 51 of Mays Landing is the 20th person with roots in New Jersey and at least the seventh South Jersey resident to be charged in connection with the January 6 Insurrection incited by then-President Donald Trump.

Petrosh was known to an FBI task force member for about 15 years, and sometimes saw him “working in the yard or gardening” and “sometimes attended social gatherings with him,” the criminal complaint says. The FBI task force member identified him in the US Capitol photographs but was otherwise not involved in the investigation.

The criminal report also says that two witnesses contacted the FBI in January to allege Petrosh took part in the riot, including a claim by one person that the suspect's mother had discussed his presence in the Capitol.

The FBI obtained a photograph of Petrosk from his New Jersey driver’s license and matched it to photo and video images captured inside the U.S. Capitol during the riot, according to an FBI’s affidavit.

Charges against Petrosh include disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, according to federal court records.

Petrosh also is accused of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building and of disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds.

He was released on an unsecured bond of $50,000 after an initial hearing in Camden federal court Tuesday, and the case will be heard in federal court in the District of Columbia.

The January 6 insurrection covered by Photojournalist Julian Leshay / Alie Pierce / WeekenderNJ, took place as members of Congress were formalizing the election of President Joseph R. Biden. You can read here more about Julian Leshay's coverage, including viewing Julian Leshay’s photographic documentary that was introduced in the second impeachment trial.

Other Insurrectionists charged by the Justice Department are Stephanie Hazelton of Medford, Patrick Stedman of Haddonfield, Lawrence Stackhouse of Blackwood, and Ezekiel "Zeke" Stecher of Sewell.

Charges also are pending against a father and son from Atlantic City, James Rahm Jr. and James Rahm III.

Here is also at least one more New Jerseyan that has yet to be identified and charged:

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, Washington D.C. – Domestic Terrorists cheering the breach at the U.S. Capitol. A woman holds a sign 'New Jersey for Trump. No Joe!' (Photo/Julian Leshay)

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