West Michigan man arrested amid Capitol riot ‘not a Trumpster’, stepfather says

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A 25-year-old man from Grand Rapids arrested in the wake of the U.S. Capitol Riot is “not a Trumpster,” his stepfather has said.

Andrew Hanselman spoke about his daughter-in-law on Thursday, January 7, the day after rioters stormed the United States Capitol.

He was one of six Michigan residents arrested and among 70 total arrested by Washington DC Metropolitan Police and the United States Capitol in or near the Federal Building, according to a report released by the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department.

MLive does not name those arrested until their indictments are confirmed.

Hanselman’s stepson was arrested on Vermont Avenue NW, about two miles from the Capitol and at least three blocks from the White House. He was arrested on initial charges of carrying a pistol without a license, possession of a large capacity ammunition supply device and possession of unregistered ammunition, according to the police report.

“He’s not a Trumpster,” the stepfather said. “Not a MAGA (Make America Great Again) person.”

“We are totally flabbergasted by the accusations,” he said.

The 25-year-old’s biological father told the Detroit Free Press that he thinks his son was there to protest against Trump supporters. Her son had been involved in Black Lives Matter causes and was interested in fighting for social justice.

Hanselman said he was “shocked” to learn that his stepson had a gun with him.

Hanselman is a disabled veteran and served in Iraq in 2008. He has a strong opinion of Trump’s presidency.

“In the past four years there has been a dark cloud over our country,” he said.

As of Thursday evening, Hanselman and his wife were unable to contact the 25-year-old.

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