FBI arrests WNY man who was at Capitol attack

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A Cheektowaga man is the first person from Western New York to be arrested after being at the Capitol during last week's deadly attack. Pete Harding's arrest came within hours of the second impeachment of President Donald Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives, this time for "inciting" an insurrection against the government. Harding's attorney […]
Federal authorities had searched Pete Harding's Cheektowaga home Wednesday morning but he was not there

A Cheektowaga man is the first person from Western New York to be arrested after being at the Capitol during last week's deadly attack.

Pete Harding's arrest came within hours of the second impeachment of President Donald Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives, this time for "inciting" an insurrection against the government.

Harding's attorney confirmed the arrest Wednesday evening, but the FBI declined to comment.

A close friend of Harding's told News 4 that he was present when Harding was taken into custody by the FBI at about 4 p.m. at a mutual friend's house in Elma.

"We were just trying to keep his spirits up," said Rob Weimer, a longtime friend of Harding's.

Weimer said he had just pulled into a mutual friend's driveway when the FBI came outside and told him to stay put. At the time, he didn't know Harding was inside the house until he was taken out in handcuffs without incident and placed in a law enforcement vehicle.

Weimer said he is a member with Harding of both the Marching Patriots and Rolling Patriots groups.

Harding last week…
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