A Wisconsin National Guard Soldier has been charged for storming the Capitol during the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.
Abram Markofski and Brandon Nelson traveled to Washington D.C. to attend former President Donald Trump’s ‘Stop The Steal’ rally earlier this year.
According to court documents, an anonymous tip submitted to the FBI identified Nelson as one of the people who entered the U.S. Capitol building on January 6. In a subsequent interview with Nelson, he allegedly admitted that he had traveled with his friend, Markofski, from the Madison, Wisconsin, area to D.C. on January 6 to attend the rally.
#CapitolRiot: Two Wisconsin men, Abram Markofski and Brandon Nelson, were arraigned Monday on charges related to January 6. Markofski's LinkedIn lists him as an infantryman with the Army National Guard – one of the now more than 40 veterans or guard members charged in the case. pic.twitter.com/0ks6N7YZbP
— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) May 5, 2021
Markofski was seen inside the Capitol building, after the rally, taking pictures. Markofski will be charged with four federal crimes.
Markofski, a private first class, enlisted in the Army National Guard in 2019.
More than 40 military veterans and Guard members have now been charged in the Capitol riot. While neither Nelson nor Markofski are currently accused of being part of any extremist groups, a study by George Washington University and West Point found that military veterans charged in the Capitol riot were far more likely than non-veterans to be linked to groups like the Proud Boys or the Oath Keepers.