FBI Arrests Michigan Governor Candidate Ryan Kelley on Charges Related to the January 6 Capitol Riot – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT) — Officials say Ryan Kelley, who is running as the GOP candidate for governor of Michigan, was arrested on misdemeanor charges related to the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

An FBI spokesperson confirmed Kelley’s arrest Thursday morning, adding that agents from the Grand Rapids office had arrested him at his home in Allendale Township.

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Pursuant to a criminal complaint, Kelley, 40, is charged with entering or staying in any building or restricted land, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or land, knowingly engaging in any act of physical violence against a person or property in any restricted area. building or land, and willfully injure or commit any depredation against any United States property.

Federal officials say he is expected to make his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon.

According to an affidavit filed by the FBI, authorities were first alerted to Kelley’s possible involvement in the riot on January 16, 2021, when an anonymous whistleblower submitted an online tip to the FBI’s National Threat Center. The tip included photos of someone believed to be Kelley at the US Capitol.

The footage showed that an individual believed to be Kelley was wearing sunglasses and a black baseball cap worn backwards and moving towards the Capitol entrance, according to the affidavit. Authorities say the footage also showed the same person in a crowd of people “who are assaulting and pushing the officers”.

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Authorities say the individual was shown climbing and standing on an architectural feature “and indicated, by waving his hand, that the crowd behind him should move toward the stairs leading to the UC Capitol building,” the affidavit states.

Federal officials confirmed Kelley’s identity after also conducting interviews, which included local officials in Ottawa County and Allendale County.

Last month, Kelley said he would decline to participate in a debate at the Michigan Policy Conference due to the Detroit Regional Council’s policy of showing proof of vaccination or negative COVID testing.

Kelley called it a “dealbreaker” and urged other Republican candidates to follow suit. However, officials from the regional chamber said the event would be held outside, with a separate registration option for the debate.

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