A Berkshire County man is facing charges in connection with the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

David Lester Ross, 33 of Winter St. in Pittsfield, allegedly participated in the attack of the Capitol building this past Wednesday in which vandalism and violence ran rampant. While it's not clear what role Ross actually played, it has been verified by The Berkshire Eagle that he did enter the area of the Capitol.

Ross was arraigned yesterday in D.C. Superior Court on charges of unlawful entry and violating the District of Columbia’s 6 p.m. curfew, an emergency order that had been put in place by the city’s mayor in light of expected disturbances as lawmakers returned to validate the outcome of the election.

According to court documents obtained by The Eagle, Ross entered a not guilty plea and was ordered to stay out of the Capitol city. The charges are misdemeanors and he was released on personal recognizance. Court papers show that the 33-year-old is accused both of violating the district’s curfew and of entering unauthorized areas of the Capitol.

Ross was allegedly one of 10 people arrested on the 100 block of First Street, Northwest, after he and others were given three warnings, starting at 7:15 p.m., to disperse, but did not.

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