Feds bust MTA worker who called in sick to attend Capitol riot

The Metro-North worker who called out sick to attend the pro-Trump riot at the US Capitol last week has been taken into custody by federal law enforcement, sources told The Post.

Will Pepe, 31, of Beacon, was cuffed Tuesday afternoon and is set to appear in federal court in White Plains on charges out of Washington, DC.

The seven-year veteran of the MTA commuter rail was identified by colleagues and supervisors last week after the FBI began circulating his photo along with others accused of attending the riot.

Transit officials on Friday suspended Pepe without pay, and will seek to fire him.

“Participation in the riot which resulted in deadly violence at the Capitol last week was abhorrent to the values of the MTA and New Yorkers, and those who attacked that symbol of American democracy disqualified themselves from working for the People of New York,” MTA spokesman Tim Minton said Tuesday.

“Mr. Pepe is entitled to due process and was suspended last week as part of that process.”

Pepe earned $73,492 in 2019 as a laborer at the railroad’s Brewster yard, according to the Empire Center’s online database of public employee salaries.

A call to his cell phone Friday was not returned.

Credit: NYPOST

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