Arrested CEO of Data Analytics Company after joining Mob Storming U.S. Capitol
Brad Rukstales, the chief executive of a data-marketing solution company in the Chicago area, said he was arrested Wednesday after he entered the U.S. Together with a mob of pro-Trump rioters aiming to reverse the presidential election in 2020, the Capitol.
His company, Cogensia, said in a statement that while contemplating the next steps, Rukstales was put on leave. The violent assault on the United States At least five people were killed in the Capitol, including a U.S. Capitol police officer, which has sparked calls for President Trump to resign, be suspended or impeached by Congress under the 25th Amendment and removed from office.
In a statement Thursday, the Schaumburg, Ill.-based organization said, "Our CEO, Brad Rukstales, participated in the recent Washington DC protests." These actions were his own and [and] he did not act on [Cogensia's] behalf, nor do his actions in any way represent our firm's policies or values. Although we examine further, he has been placed on leave of absence.
Rukstales apologised for what he called "the single worst personal decision of my life," in his own statement posted on Twitter.
"After the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, in a moment of extremely poor judgment, I followed hundreds of others through an open set of doors to the Capitol building to see what was happening inside," Rukstales wrote. "For the first time in my life, I was arrested and charged with unlawful entry."
"My decision to enter the Capitol was wrong, and I am deeply sorry to have done so," he said, adding that he "condemned the violence and destruction in Washington."
Cogensia, founded in 2002, specializes in providing the restaurant and highway toll-collection industries with data-driven marketing services. "We partner with customers through integrated systems, online and offline CRM, real-time predictive modeling, and data management to drive lasting customer relationships and incremental brand revenue," says the company on its website.
"Rukstales wrote in part in a Dec. 23, 2020, year-end blog post to Cogensia customers that "information overload can be a problem! We are advised to have faith in the experts. Not only do experts and physicians have contradictory knowledge, but their guidance is also altered. Oh. Mask. Oh, no mask. Indoors Mask. The cases are important. No, these are hospitalizations. Which age ranges are infectious? Schools Near! There are vaccinations coming! They're working. They're not working—this is a conspiracy. AGHHH. AGHH. In reality, it seems like the more data that is given, the harder it is to consume, interpret, and take action. On subjects we are not experts on, we end up having to trust ourselves! ”
He appeared to have 28 years of experience in the industry, according to a cached version of the now removed bio of Rukstales on the Cogensia website. Rukstales wrote, "I play keyboards for a 90's alternative cover band, Jahli Llama," under the heading "What I Do For Fun."