Kenilworth man charged with taking part in Capitol breach

  • U.S. District Court recordsAuthorities say these images show Christian Kulas during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

    U.S. District Court recordsAuthorities say these images show Christian Kulas during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

 
 
Updated 6/8/2021 5:33 PM

A Kenilworth man was arrested Tuesday on federal charges that he took part in the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol.

Christian Kulas, 24, is at least the ninth Illinois resident to face federal charges. He was arrested at home about 6 a.m. on misdemeanor counts of unlawful entry of a restricted building and disorderly conduct on U.S. Capitol grounds, the Chicago Tribune reported.

 

Kulas appeared later in the day via a telephone link before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Fuentes in Chicago. During the hearing, the judge ordered him released on a recognizance bond to the custody of his mother. A court date in Washington has not been set.

According to a 10-page complaint, Kulas can be seen on some social media accounts and in surveillance images wearing a Burberry coat and a hat with the Trump campaign slogan, "Keep America Great.

In the complaint, prosecutors contend that Kulas can be seen turning a camera around and capturing his face as he filmed. He also can be heard saying, "Storming the Capitol," according to the complaint.

Tips about Kulas' participation stated coming into the FBI three days after the attack and an informant who attended middle school and high school with him identified Kulas from the videos, prosecutors wrote in the complaint.

More than 450 people across the United States have been arrested on charges that they took part in the assault of the U.S. Capitol.

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