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5 charged with conspiracy in Capitol riots; at least 2 associated with Proud Boys leaders – USA TODAY

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Federal authorities Thursday continued their pursuit of organized factions within the violent mob that stormed the Capitol last month, charging five suspects with conspiracy and other offenses for their alleged roles in the deadly attack.

William Chrestman and Christopher Kuehne of Kansas; Luis Enrique Colon of Missouri; along with siblings Felicia Konold and Cory Konold of Arizona, were arrested Thursday after being identified from photographs and social media posts during and after the siege.

According to court documents, Chrestman, pictured wielding a club, and Felicia Konold were observed associating during the day with leaders of the Proud Boys, an extremist group with ties to white nationalism. More than half dozen members of the group, including some of its leaders, also have been charged. 

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Federal investigators singled out Chrestman, however, as allegedly threatening police as the crowd advanced on the Capitol.

As police sought to control the rioters, investigators said Chrestman yelled: “You shoot and I’ll take your f___ ass out.”

At another point, Chrestman also allegedly urged other rioters to stop police from making an arrest.

“Don’t let them take him,” Chrestman called out.

Federal investigators said the five suspects “did advance together, as they unlawfully entered the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and the Capitol, itself.”

“The subjects did then proceed to act in concert to prevent law enforcement officers from controlling the crowd by obstructing metal barriers,” the court documents stated.

Following siege, investigators claimed that Felicia Konold boasted of her participation in the assault in social media posts.

“I never could have imagined having that much of an influence on the events that unfolded today,” according to a Snapchat posting in Konold’s name. Another post appeared to proudly acknowledge that she had been recruited by the Proud Boys, declaring that she was “with them now.”

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