State Department diplomatic security official arrested on January 6

WASHINGTON — A man who worked for the State Department as a diplomatic security officer was arrested Tuesday by the FBI in Washington in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Kevin Alstrup faces the same four misdemeanor charges that have typically been brought against nonviolent January 6 participants who entered the Capitol building during the attack: entering and remaining in a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive conduct; disorderly conduct; and illegal picketing or parade.

Kevin Alstrup at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Department of Justice)

After Alstrup’s email address appeared in a Google response to a government search warrant for devices that were inside the Capitol building on January 6, the bureau researched Alstrup and obtained information that he “was employed by the United States Department of State (USDOS). as a Diplomatic Security Officer (DSO),” according to an FBI affidavit. In this role, an FBI special agent wroteAlstrup was reportedly “accustomed to providing security and protection to senior government officials or sensitive locations, such as embassies.”

Contacted for comment, the State Department said it was aware of Alstrup’s arrest, adding that he “was a third-party contractor providing uniformed officer services for the State Department.”

The FBI found social media posts by Alstrup showing the exterior of the Capitol building on January 6, which the FBI said illustrated the “obvious presence of barriers outside the U.S. Capitol building, which demarcated the restricted area”.

Kevin Alstrup at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Department of Justice)

Alstrup’s supervisor confirmed Alstrup’s identification in photos taken inside the Capitol, the FBI said. The office determined he spent approximately 28 minutes inside, including in crypta room in the center of the Capitol on the first floor.

During his time inside the building, the FBI said Alstrup took photos of other rioters entering and…

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