UPDATE: UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV)– After reporting on the initial story from the Associated Press, Eyewitness News Reporter Chase Campbell had a chance to speak with William Leary on the phone directly.
“Things had already happened. I was close to there when I heard about them storming the Capitol, but I’m like half an hour away now when I turned on the news. So like, I’m just finding out about it and I’m like, ‘should I just turn back?’ And I’m like no, I’m here, might as well. And by then, that was all over. I didn’t get into town until probably like four o’clock. So all of the nonsense had already gone on.”
Leary is facing charges of Unlawful Entry of Federal Property and Breaking Curfew. He is currently back in Utica, but has an extradition order for sometime in March.
UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV)– William Arthur Leary, owner of Estate Manufactured Housing Corp. located on Route 5 in Utica, NY, told the Associated Press that he wanted to “show support” for President Trump. He stated that he “does not trust mainstream media” and believes that election fraud lead to the election being stolen from the President.
“They treated us like animals,” he complained. “They took all our phones. I didn’t get to make a phone call to tell anybody where I was.” – William Arthur Leary
Leary denies that he was ever actually inside the Capitol building and claims that he was held for more than 24 hours, as well as his cellphone being confiscated. He also says that he witnessed other detainees as well, including Kristina Malimon, a 28-year old woman, who had been separated and not allowed to translate for her mother, who primarily speaks Russian.
Eyewitness News reporters have attempted to contact Leary directly for a comment, but have not received a response at this time.