(CBS DETROIT) — Officials say Ryan Kelley, who is running as a GOP candidate for Michigan governor, has been arrested on felony charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed Kelley’s arrest Thursday morning, adding that officers from the Grand Rapids office arrested him at his home in Allendale Township.
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Under a criminal charge, Kelley, 40, is charged with entering or staying in a prohibited building or premises, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or premises, knowingly participating in any act of physical assault against any person or property in a restricted area building or land, and intentionally injuring or looting United States property.
Federal officials say he is expected to appear in court for the first time Thursday afternoon.
According to an affidavit filed by the FBI, authorities were first alerted to Kelley’s possible involvement in the Jan. 16, 2021 riots, when an anonymous tipster submitted an online tip to the FBI’s National Threat Center. The tip contained photos of someone believed to be Kelley in the US Capitol.
Footage showed a person believed to be Kelley wearing sunglasses and a black baseball cap worn backwards and moving toward the entrance to the Capitol, according to the affidavit. Officials say footage also showed the same person in a crowd of people “assaulting and pushing past law enforcement officers.”
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Officials say the person was shown climbing on top of an architectural feature and insisting “and by waving his hand signaled that the crowd behind him should go to the stairs leading to the UC Capitol building,” the statement said. declaration under oath.
Federal officials confirmed Kelley’s identity after also conducting interviews, including local officials in Ottawa County and Allendale Township.
Last month, Kelley said he would refuse to participate in a debate at the Michigan Policy Conference because of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s policy of showing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.
Kelley called it a “deal breaker” and urged other Republican candidates to follow suit. However, officials from the regional chamber said the event would be held outside, there was a separate registration opportunity for the debate.
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