Tip from family member leads to arrest of Capitol riot suspect in Marion County, FBI says

Records show suspect thought he was breaking into White House

FBI: Relative of Kenneth Kelly, 58, supplied investigators with photos of Kelly from the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot
FBI: Relative of Kenneth Kelly, 58, supplied investigators with photos of Kelly from the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Another man accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has been arrested in Central Florida.

Kenneth Kelly made his first appearance in front of a federal judge Friday afternoon after surrendering himself earlier in the day.

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According to the FBI, a relative of Kelly’s sent a tip online saying the 58-year-old “broke into the U.S. Capitol.” The tip also claimed to have photos of Kelly and an unknown friend of his smashing a window in the Capitol to get inside the building, records show.

The relative supplied screenshots of texts and pictures from Kelly, according to investigators, which read “Inside White house (sic) via breaking in windows” and, “Patriots stormed the White House, broke in while Senate (with a little s) was in sessiondenating (sic) Arizona. The were hiding under ther (sic) desks. Forced into recess. Patriots took back our capitol today.”

FBI: Surveillance photos show Kelly with 2 unknown men inside the Capitol (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Federal investigators said they were able to identify Kelly in surveillance video — see photos above — from inside the Capitol building as well, wearing a dark blue beanie with “TRUMP” written across it.

The FBI was also able to get GPS records for Kelly’s phone from Google following a search warrant, which placed him within the Capitol building, records show. From that information, investigators produced a map showing the phone’s movements inside the Capitol.


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