A man from one of Chicago’s wealthiest suburbs was arrested and charged Tuesday with illegally entering the United States Capitol and engaging in disorderly conduct on Jan.6.
Christian Kulas, 24, of Kenilworth, wore a Burberry coat and Keep America Great cap as he documented his movements on the Capitol grounds and inside the building in a series of Instagram stories, authorities say federal authorities in court documents. He faces two counts of misdemeanor, which carry significantly lower penalties or penalties than criminal counts.
According to an FBI affidavit, the agency received several tips on Kulas in the days following the attack and several social media videos came to their attention. In a video posted to what appears to be Kulas’ Instagram account, a crowd climbs the steps outside the Capitol before panning to show a selfie-style photo of Kulas.
Another video from this account shows the interior of the building and a male voice can be heard saying, “Storming the Capitol”. The FBI said it interviewed a person who went to middle school and high school with Kulas and who was “very confident” that it was Kulas’ voice.
Kulas appeared in additional video footage from various sources “wearing the same hat and Burberry coat” inside the Capitol, according to the affidavit.
Kulas appeared Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Chicago in a hearing conducted by telephone. As part of his release conditions, he is to remain in the care of his mother at his parents’ home in Kenilworth. According to Chicago’s WGN9, public records indicate the house is a $ 4.5 million mansion overlooking Lake Michigan.
Kulas’ mother agreed to supervise him and make sure he meets the conditions of his release. His father was also ordered to remove two guns from the house.
“Yes, I understand that I have to listen to everything my mother says, Your Honor,” Kulas told the judge, according to WGN9.
Nearly 500 people have been arrested in connection with the attack, launched by a mob of Donald Trump supporters seeking to prevent the certification of Electoral College votes that would cement Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Nearly 300 other suspects are listed on the wanted list on the FBI Capitol website.
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