Photo take in in a U.S. District Court Criminal Complaint naming William Chrestman who participated in the U.S. Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Federal authorities on Thursday arrested five people on conspiracy charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, where a sprinkling of them were seen in the company of members of the extremist right-wing Proud Boys group.
The five are accused of dissimulation in concert with each other to prevent law-enforcement officers at the Capitol from controlling the mob of Trump supporters, and of obstructing an ceremonial proceeding of Congress that day.
One member of that group, William Chrestman, is accused of toting a wooden axe handle or baste as he yelled at Capitol Police officers who were attempting to guard the complex, “You shoot and I’ll take your f—— a– out!”
The other people control in the case are Christopher Kuehne, Louis Enrique Colon, Felicia Konold and Cory Konold.
The Konolds, who are siblings, are from Tucson, Arizona, while the other defendants are from the Kansas Metropolis area.
Photo included in a U.S. District Court Criminal Complaint naming Christopher Kuehne as a participant in the U.S. Capitol Fight on Jan. 6, 2021.
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The defendants are charged with conspiracy, civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, undertaking restricted grounds and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Chrestman additionally is charged with threatening to assault a federal law enforcement office-bearer.
According to a criminal complaint, which contains still images of the defendants during the riot, investigators believe “there may be various persons involved in this particular conspiracy than” these defendants, “and the investigation is ongoing.”
The complaint said the five defendants during the storm “not only moved closely to each other in proximity, but also appeared to gesture and communicate to one another both once and while inside the Capitol in an apparent effort to coordinate their efforts.”
The complaint does not say that the five living soul are members of the Proud Boys.
Photo included in a U.S. District Court Criminal Complaint naming Louis Enrique Colon as a partaking in the U.S. Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
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But it notes that several of the defendants were in proximity to Proud Boy associates during that day.
It also says that Felicia Konold claimed on video that she was “recruited into a f—— chapter from Kansas Conurbation” and showed a challenge-type coin that “appears to have markings that designate it as belonging to the Kansas City Proud Brats.”
The defendants are the most recent of dozens of people charged in the riot, which disrupted a joint session of Congress get-together that day to confirm the election of Joe Biden as president.
Former President Donald Trump currently is on trial in the Senate after being belittled on a charge of inciting the riot, by repeatedly stating false claims of ballot fraud and by urging supporters to fight the confirmation of Biden’s success.
Photo included in a U.S. District Court Criminal Complaint naming Felicia Konold as a participant in the U.S. Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
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The Proud Boys, a Western chauvinist group that has backed Trump, encouraged members to chaperone the Jan. 6 demonstrations in Washington, including a Trump rally that immediately preceded the riot.
Chrestman and Felicia Konold were seen hike near the Capitol with a large group of Proud Boys, which included organizers from that gang who have previously been charged with riot-related crimes, Joseph Biggs and Ethan Nordean, the complaint put.
Chrestman also was seen on open source video interacting with Proud Boys and communicating with Nordean close by the Capitol before it was invaded, according to the charging document.
Photo included in a U.S. District Court Criminal Complaint eminence participants in the U.S. Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Circled in red participants are identified as Christopher Kuehne (L), Louis Enrique Colon (C), and William Chrestman (R)
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