Northwestern man Kevin Lyons accused of participating in assault on U.S. Capitol


CHICAGO (TBEN) – A man was arrested Wednesday on the northwest side in connection with the attack on the United States Capitol last week.

Kevin Lyons was arrested at his home in the Gladstone Park neighborhood. A criminal complaint said he admitted walking into the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

A photo taken by a neighbor on Wednesday showed FBI agents looking through Lyon’s HVAC truck. Electronics and other items have been removed from the house.

The FBI raid on Kevin Lyons’ home in Gladstone Park. Lyon is accused of having participated in the assault on the American Capitol. (Provided to TBEN 2)

In an initial hearing in federal court, US Justice of the Peace Gabriel Fuentes said Lyons was accused of joining a mob that “illegally entered the US Capitol.”

In a criminal complaint, an FBI agent reported that after the Capitol riot – which took place on Wednesday, January 6 – law enforcement investigated an Instagram account they claimed belonged to Lyon.

The Instagram account included a screenshot of a map showing the route to Lyons’ home in the Washington, DC area, with a post next to it that said, “I refuse to tell my kids I sat down. and that I did nothing. I’m heading to DC for STOP THE STEAL! “

Kevin Lyons has released his Washington DC travel plans, according to the federal complaint.

Lyons’ Instagram account also posted a photo of a sign that read “House President Nancy Pelosi,” with a caption below, “WHAT HOUSE?!?!? OUR HOUSE!!”

Kevin Lyons posted this photo outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the insurgency on the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6, according to a federal complaint.

The FBI interviewed Lyons last Friday in Chicago. Lyons admitted he was in Washington, DC two days earlier, but initially avoided knowing if he had entered the Capitol building, the agent reported in the complaint.

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Lyons said he “guarantees 100%, without incriminating himself” that he does not see anything being ripped from the Capitol.

He also claimed that he dreamed that he saw a lot of knocking on doors, paper thrown everywhere and crowds of people, and he said in his dream: “People really didn’t have much of a choice. the place they were going because of the crowd, ”according to the complaint. Lyons said if he was inside, he was inside for about 45 minutes, according to the complaint.

Then, in Lyon, they were shown the photo reading: “The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and he said,” Wow, you’re pretty good. It only lasted an hour. He also said he couldn’t guarantee he was the one who posted it on Instagram, but when the agent asked him to show them his film roll on his phone, the photo was there, according to the complaint.

When asked if there were other photos of the Capitol building on his phone, Lyons showed officers another photo of the wooden plaque with Pelosi’s name on it, and a video showing a large group of people walking into what appeared to be the US Capitol, the complaint told me.

When asked if he would give FBI agents a copy of the video, he said the file would be too large and instead offered to upload the videos to YouTube and email the links. , according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, Lyons emailed an FBI agent with the words, “Hello, nice lady from the FBI, here are the links to the videos. Looks like Podium Guy is in one of them minus the podium. Let me know if you need anything else. Kevin Lyons. “

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One of the videos Lyons emailed to the agent showed a large group of people outside the Capitol with Lyons talking everywhere, according to the complaint. The second showed people in what appeared to be a hallway in the Capitol with Lyon’s voice also heard, and a third showed people in the rotunda, according to the complaint. The videos were posted on Lyon’s YouTube channel, according to the complaint.

Lyons told officers he traveled to Washington, DC to attend President Trump’s rally and described himself as a tourist, according to the complaint. He said he took an Uber to the Washington Monument where the rally was held and that he only planned to attend the rally, according to the complaint.

But he said as he walked along Pennsylvania Avenue, he heard “flash bangs” and saw people walking towards him with red faces, according to the complaint. He said the crowd pushed towards the Capitol building and there was little he could do to escape as he weighs only 140 pounds, according to the complaint.

He said that near the Capitol he saw people tearing up scaffolding and climbing walls, and he said he climbed the stairs and went through a door, according to the complaint.

Inside the Capitol, Lyons said he first walked around the rotunda and took a moment to look at the statues and get his bearings, according to the complaint. He said he then went up to the second floor, but did not make it to the House of Representatives bedroom because he did not know where she was, according to the complaint.

But Lyons admitted to walking into the “big boss” office, referring to Pelosi’s office, according to the complaint. He said he took this photo of the plaque outside Pelosi’s office and uploaded the photo to Instagram, according to the complaint.

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Lyons said Pelosi’s office was a “good size” office and there were around 20-30 people already inside when he entered. He said he saw a broken mirror, but was told it was broken before entering, according to the complaint.

Lyons said while in Pelosi’s office, a Capitol Hill police officer entered with his 40mm pistol fired. Lyons, he raised his arms above his head as the officer told him to get out, and he left, according to the complaint.

Lyons said that upon returning to the first floor, he discovered the second floor was filled with tear gas and that he walked past several officers with AR-15 rifles, according to the complaint. He said that upon leaving the Capitol, he got into his car and left Washington, DC, according to the complaint.

As TBEN 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, those who know Lyons have said he’s not shy about his opinions.

“Yes, I have had interactions with Kevin. In general, he seemed like a nice guy. He was opinionated. He had opinions on things, ”Marc Bilek said. “That’s all I could say.

When asked about Lyons’ views, Bilek said, “He was a supporter of Trump. He was a Republican in every way, and he was pretty crazy about government abuses, or his opinion was that the government was mistreating people.

Lyons faces misdemeanor charges for knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted-access building, as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol.

He has a criminal record in Cook County. The photo below is from a Chicago police arrest in 2014.

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2014 Kevin Lyons Cup Shot. (Chicago Police Department)

The US prosecutor’s office is not seeking to imprison Lyon in the case and has accepted a preliminary bond. An unsecured bond was set at $ 4,500, but the judge said it was too low and changed it to $ 10,000.

The judge said due to the timing of the hearing, the release order may not apply until Thursday morning at the latest.

Lyons’ next hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan.19 at 1 p.m. ET. It will take place at the US District Court in Washington, DC and will be virtual.

Charlie De Mar of TBEN 2 contributed to this report.

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