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Eagle Mountain man arrested in connection with 2021 Capitol riot

By Ashtyn Asay - | May 26, 2022

Courtesy U.S. Attorney's Office

These images allegedly show Matthew Bokoski of Chicago, circled in red, and his father, Bradley Bokoski of Eagle Mountain, circled in white.

An Eagle Mountain man has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot.

Bradley Bokoski, 58, was arrested Wednesday in Eagle Mountain. His son, Matthew Bokoski of Chicago, was also arrested the same day in Chicago.

The father and son were each charged May 16 with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a U.S. Capitol building.

According to charging documents, the FBI first received a tip on Jan. 7, 2021, that Matthew Bokoski had posted to social media accounts that he had been inside the Capitol Building on Jan. 6 with his father.

On Jan 11, 2021, the FBI received a second tip from a different individual including screenshots of comments, videos and photos that Matthew Bokoski had posted to a Facebook account under the name “Matthew Ryan Bokoski” on Jan. 6, 2021, some of which indicated that he was inside the Capitol Building on that day with his father.

“I was there and wanted to witness it first hand and have a personal recording of events that isn’t from mainstream media,” reads a Facebook post on Matthew Bokoski’s page dated Jan. 6, 2021. “I was with my dad and walked right up the capitol steps and inside with others.”

Matthew Bokoski was interviewed by law enforcement in Chicago on Jan. 14, 2021, when he reportedly admitted that he and Bradley Bokoski had walked the U.S. Capitol Building grounds and entered the building on Jan. 6, 2021. While being interviewed Matthew Bokoski allegedly stated that the Jan. 6, 2021, rally was effective because participants were able to “shut down” the government.

According to charging documents, Capitol security footage showed Matthew Bokoski unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol Building through the Senate parliamentarian door at 2:47 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021, five minutes after it had initially been breached. After entering, security footage allegedly depicts Matthew Bokoski taking photos and videos of the inside of the Capitol.

On Jan. 17, 2021, a third tip notified FBI agents that Bradley Bokoski was inside the Capitol with Matthew Bokoski on Jan. 6, 2021. The tipster identified Bradley Bokoski in photos posted to Matthew Bokoski’s Facebook account and also told agents the location of Bradley Bokoski’s’ place of work.

On June 21, 2021, law enforcement officers interviewed Bradley Bokoski. During the interview, he allegedly confirmed his place of work and also stated that he and his son had entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and that photos of their time in the Capitol had been posted online by his son.

In Capitol security footage, Bradley Bokoski reportedly can be seen unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol Building through the Senate parliamentarian door at 2:47 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021. After walking down a hallway with a group of people, the group was met by 10-15 police officers, according to court documents. After this, the documents say, both Bokoskis exited the Capitol Building at 2:52 p.m. after the two had spent 4-5 minutes inside.

According to court records, Bradley Bokoski is scheduled to appear in Salt Lake City’s federal courthouse for an initial hearing on Friday. His charges are based in Washington, D.C.’s federal court.

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