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Federal grand jury in DC indicts 4 local men in Capitol Riot case

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Posted at 10:34 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 11:21:45-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four Proud Boys members from the Kansas City area were indicted Friday for their part in the riot Jan 6 at the U.S. Capitol.

A federal grand jury handed up the indictments against William Chrestman, 47, and Christopher Kuehne, 47, both of Olathe; Ryan Ashlock, 21, of Gardner; and Louis Colon, 44, of Blue Springs.

The men along with a brother and sister from Arizona — Felicia and Cory Konold, who allegedly were recruited by Chrestman to join the Kansas City chapter of the Proud Boys — face charges that include conspiring to obstruct or impede an official proceeding and impeding law enforcement during the commission of a civil disorder, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

Chrestman, the alleged leader of the local Proud Boys chapter, also faces additional charges, including carrying a wooden axe handle while on the Capitol building and grounds.

A federal judge earlier ordered Chrestman held in custody pending his trial.

All six alleged co-conspirators allegedly went to Washington, where they met other members of the Proud Boys on the National Mall with the intention to disrupt and stop the official counting of electoral votes by both houses of Congress, according to the news release.

Dressed in combat gear adorned with orange tape to identify each other, the group walked to the Capitol.

Ashlock was the only one of the four KC-area men who did not force his way into the building, the release states.

Chrestman asked the rioters if they wanted their house back and screamed for them to "take it," the news release states. He also allegedly threatened to "take out" a Capitol Police officer if he fired a non-lethal projectile at the rioters.

No subsequent court date for the co-conspirators in the insurrection has been set.