A former contracted officer responsible for diplomatic security with the State Department, Kevin Alstrup, found himself in legal trouble after being arrested on Tuesday for his involvement in breaching the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Alstrup faces four misdemeanor charges, including entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
During the investigation, the FBI reached out to Alstrup's supervisor at the State Department for assistance in confirming his identity. It was determined that Alstrup, who had worked as a State Department diplomatic security officer, had experience providing security for high-ranking government officials and sensitive locations such as embassies. However, he is no longer employed by the State Department and had been rendering uniformed officer services for the department as a third-party contractor.
This arrest comes in the wake of another former State Department employee's sentencing in November. Frederico "Freddie" Klein, a former Trump administration appointee, was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for his involvement in the Jan. 6 attack. Klein was convicted of eight felonies, including assaults on police officers, civil disorder, and obstruction of an official proceeding. Prosecutors described his actions as part of a "relentless siege on police officers" as he tried to force his way into the Capitol with a large mob of rioters.
The arrest of Alstrup underscores ongoing efforts by law enforcement to hold individuals accountable for their roles in the events of Jan. 6. ABC News' Shannon Crawford contributed to this report.
In conclusion, the arrest of former State Department contracted officer Kevin Alstrup on charges related to the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol underscores the continued efforts by law enforcement to hold individuals accountable for their actions on that day. Alstrup's arrest, along with the recent sentencing of another former State Department employee, Frederico "Freddie" Klein, highlights the seriousness with which the legal system is addressing the events of Jan. 6. As investigations into the Capitol attack continue, it serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding the rule of law and ensuring accountability for those who participated in or supported acts of violence and insurrection.