Tech CEO Brad Rukstales, Who Stormed Capitol, Calls It Worst Decision of His Life

One man who took part in storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday has already issued his regrets. Brad Rukstales, the CEO of Chicago-based tech company Cogensia, claimed attending the Capitol riot was the "worst personal decision of his life."

Rukstales, who resides in the Chicago suburbs, traveled to Washington, D.C., and took part in breaking into the Capitol. Politicians inside were forced into lockdown while protesters stole and vandalized property in the name of President Donald Trump and the claim that he'd actually won the 2020 presidential election.

In a written statement, published by CBS 2, a Chicago CBS affiliate, Rukstales apologized for his part in the riot after he apparently "followed hundreds inside." "My decision to enter the Capitol was wrong, and I am deeply regretful to have done so," he wrote. "Without qualification and as a peaceful and law-abiding citizen, I condemn the violence and destruction that took place in Washington."

The statement continued: "It was the single worst personal decision of my life; I have no excuse for my actions and wish that I could take them back."

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A Capitol police officer looks out of a broken window as protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. A total of 82 arrests have been made since the Capitol building break-in Wednesday, Brad Rukstales being one of them. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/Getty

Rukstales did not expand much on that to CBS 2 when it approached him at home. Though he was open about joining the riot and confirmed he entered the Capitol, Rukstales closed the door on a reporter when asked why he made the decision to breach the Capitol.

"I had nothing to do with charging anybody or anything like that," he said in the television interview. "I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. And I regret my part in that."

As of publication time, a total of 82 arrests have been made since the Capitol building break-in Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times, Rukstales being one of them. The CEO has apparently donated $28,000 to Republican causes, $12,000 directly to Trump's campaign.

Cogensia also issued its own statement on Rukstales' involvement in the riot. It confirmed on Twitter Thursday that Rukstales has been temporarily removed from the position of CEO based on his actions.

"Our CEO, Brad Rukstales' participated in the recent Washington DC protests," the tweet read. "Those actions were his own and not acting on behalf Cogensia [sic] nor do his actions in any way reflect the policies or values of our firm. He has been placed on leave of absence while we assess further."

Our CEO, Brad Rukstales' participated in the recent Washington DC protests. Those actions were his own and not acting on behalf Cogensia nor do his actions in any way reflect the policies or values of our firm. He has been placed on leave of absence while we assess further.

— Cogensia (@Cogensia) January 8, 2021

Twitter users have not responded kindly to Rukstales. His name has been mentioned a handful of times by angry Americans who watched the Capitol riot unfold and want to see justice.

Dear @FBI @FBIDirectorWray

If the local CBS news affiliate can find one of the domestic terrorist who attacked the Capitol and broke Federal laws less than 24 hours after he did it, why can't you?

His name is BRAD RUKSTALES.

He is IN HIS HOME.

He ANSWERED THE DOOR.

????? https://t.co/dgBV852uyZ

— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) January 8, 2021

Hi @Cogensia, your CEO Brad Rukstales participated in an attempted coup against the United States. Have you fired him yet? https://t.co/F9tHixYWsJ

— Devin Nunes' Alt-Mom (@NunesAlt) January 8, 2021

Brad Rukstales is no longer a "peaceful and law-abiding citizen" and he should be "deeply regretful" behind bars. https://t.co/c0yFlDxqAd

— Trevor W. Schadt (@schadtenfreude) January 8, 2021

Funny how the FBI sobers people up real fast https://t.co/40Obwnmzf3

— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) January 8, 2021

Brad Rukstales willingly participated in a deadly insurrection, an attempt to overthrow the government, a failed coup. This isn’t a game. 5 people died. Your CEO entered the Capital building. He is a terrorist.

The world is watching you. And we won’t forget.

— Mattison (@Mattison) January 8, 2021

Newsweek reached out to Rukstales and Cogensia for further comment.