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Stepson of former ‘Real Housewives’ star arrested on January 6 charges

by John Jefferson
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The stepson of a former cast member of the Real Housewives of New Jersey has been arrested in connection with the 6 January 2021 Capitol riot, according to court filings.

Tyler Campanella, stepson of Sigalit “Siggy” Flicker, was arrested in New York on Wednesday, NBC News reports. He faces five misdemeanour charges based on his actions on the day supporters of Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol.

Flicker had posted photos of the events of January 6 on her Instagram account that appeared to show both the inside and outside of the Capitol during the attack on Congress.

The caption read: “I love patriots so much. Stay safe Tyler. We love you,” along with the hashtag “StopTheSteal” and several emojis.

According to an affidavit, the post has been removed but investigators confirmed that Flicker was the account’s owner.

Phone records indicate that Mr Campanella’s phone was inside the Capitol on January 6 and is associated with Bayside Chrysler, where he is listed as a sales manager.

Flicker is a supporter of Donald Trump and as recently as last month, encountered him at Mar-a-Lago.

The FBI reviewed open-source videos, as well as pictures and footage available on social media, and observed Mr Campanella inside the Capitol at the height of the riot.

A screenshot of former Real Housewife Siggy Flicker’s Instagram account from the court affidavit concerning the January 6 allegations against her stepson (US District Court of the District of Columbia)

Investigators spoke with a witness who had known him for six years before January 6 and who identified him from images from January 6.

Mr Campanella can be seen wearing a blue baseball hat with “Trump 2020” on the front and a red scarf that at times he uses to cover his nose and mouth.

The same witness said they understood that he had deleted all pictures and posts he took on the day from social media.

A review of CCTV footage shows Mr Campanella entering the Capitol at 2.17pm through the Senate Wing doors. He can also be seen sitting at the base of a statue in the Capitol Crypt, walking through the Rotunda and the Senate Gallery, and then leaving through the Rotunda doors at 2.52pm.

Screenshot from US Capitol CCTV footage showing Tyler Campanella on the second floor of the building during the January 6 riot (US District Court, District of Columbia)

Mr Campanella is accused of violating laws that make it a crime to knowingly enter a restricted building and knowingly impede or disrupt the conduct of government business. Further, he is accused of willingly reing in the gallery of either House of Congress; uttering loud, threatening or abusive language in the Capitol; and demonstrating in the Capitol.

Flicker, a friend of Mr Trump’s “legal adviser” Alina Habba, is herself not accused of being at the Capitol that day, and a week after January 6 she posted a video to X saying she was in Florida at the time and calling any allegations that she was “fake news”.

Mr Campanella’s case will be heard by Judge Moxila Upadhyaya of the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

More than 1,300 people have been charged with crimes in connection to the Capitol riot.



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