Gardner man charged in connection with Capitol riots

Capitol riots
Posted at 3:51 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 17:35:47-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Gardner man became the fourth Kansas City-area resident to face charges in connection to the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.

An FBI spokesperson said Monday afternoon that Ryan Keith Ashlock was taken into custody by FBI agents after a warrant was issued for Ashlock’s arrest.

Ashlock faces federal charges of conspiracy, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, obstruction of justice/Congress, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.

Details of Ashlock’s role in the Capitol riots weren't immediately available from the Department of Justice.

Earlier this month, Olathe residents William Chrestman and Christopher Kuehne and Blue Springs resident Louis Colon were arrested on charges for their roles in the Capitol riots.

Ashlock appeared via video conference Monday afternoon during a hearing that lasted a little more than 30 minutes, during which he was appointed a public defender.

Ashlock will next appear before the court in a video conference on Feb. 26, 2021 for an initial appearance.

He’s set for a detention and preliminary hearing, also via video conference, on March 8.

If Ashlock is released, he is explicitly prohibited from contacting Chrestman, Kuehne, Colon and Tucson, Arizona siblings Felicia Konold and Cory Konold.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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