Five Proud Boys Associates Arrested On Riot Conspiracy Charges
Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the arrest of five associates of the Kansas City Proud Boys on conspiracy charges in connection with the deadly insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. It’s one of the largest co-defendant cases yet in the investigation that so far has charged more than 200 people for their role in the bloody rampage.
The FBI said the defendants, wearing helmets, vest and tactical gear marked with orange fluorescent tape “appeared to gesture and communicate to one another” as they coordinated their efforts during and after they breached the Capitol. Surveillance video also showed at least four of them taking action to prevent police from deploying metal barriers from descending to seal off underground access to the Capitol. The orange tape, the FBI said, was “strategically worn by each of the subjects as well as others in the crowd” and was intended to identify persons for a particular purpose during the domestic terrorist stampede.
William Chrestman, Chistopher Kuehne and Louis Enrique Colon were taken into custody near Kansas City, Mo. Siblings Felicia Konold and Cory Konold were arrested in Arizona during an early morning sweep Thursday morning.
The conspiracy charges are likely to grow. An FBI agent said in a footnote to an affidavit in the charging documents that the agency believes more people were involved in the conspiracy to stage the riot and that the investigation is ongoing.
Chrestman and Felicia Konold also were seen on video parading down Constitution Avenue in Washington shouting, “Whose streets? Our streets,” according to the complaint.