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Woman charged in Capitol riot says she was Kansas City Proud Boys recruit

Julia Nikhinson

A woman who was charged in connection with the Jan. 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol claimed she was recruited by the Kansas City chapter of the Proud Boys.

The claim made by Felicia Konold of Tucson, Ariz., appeared in a court affidavit supporting her which was unsealed last week. 

The FBI said in the affidavit that it received a tip regarding a Snapchat account belonging to Konold. The witness provided a compilation of three videos from the account to the bureau.

In one of the videos, Konold celebrates that she had just been “recruited into a f—ing chapter from Kansas City.”

“In the post, the woman claimed that she had been told that even though she was not from Kansas City, she was ‘with them now,’ ” the agency wrote.

During the video, Konold displayed a two-sided “challenge coin” that appeared to have markings that designate it as belonging to the Kansas City Proud Boys.

The claim drew attention, as the agency wrote that the Proud Boys bills itself as a “pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists.” 

Konold, along with her brother Cory Konold, were arrested in Arizona on Feb. 11 in connection with the riot. William Chrestman, Christopher Kuehne and Louis Enrique Colon were arrested in Missouri.

All five are facing charges of conspiracy, unlawful entry, disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding.

The group was seen marching with the right-wing group prior to the riot.

The FBI said in an affidavit that Felicia Konold was seen with the group moving to the front of the crowd during the initial confrontation with law enforcement.

At one point inside the Capitol, Konold is seen “intentionally obstructing the operations of the metal barriers by attempting to stop them from closing by placing her arm in the path of the barriers,” the agency wrote.

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