WASHINGTON — A Missouri man has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges related to his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Kyle Kumer, 43, of Kansas City, Missouri, is charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with civil disorder, a felony charge, and misdemeanor charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, and impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or buildings.
Kumer was arrested in Kansas City and made his initial appearance today in the Western District of Missouri.
According to court documents, on Jan. 6, 2021, Kumer was identified as being present in the lower west terrace tunnel entrance to the Capitol building. At approximately 2:56 p.m., Kumer is accused of entering the tunnel and engaging with a crowd of rioters in a concerted “heave-ho” movement against the line of law enforcement officers protecting the entrance to the building.
At approximately 3:10 p.m., court documents say that rioters were being moved out of the tunnel by police officers, but Kumer remained. Later, rioters again returned to the tunnel, and Kumer is accused of joining in a second, concerted effort to push back against police officers protecting the entrance to the building. During this effort, Kumer used his back to push and encouraged other rioters to push by calling out, “Let’s go! C’mon! Let’s go!”
This case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri.
This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Kansas City and Washington Field Offices, which identified Kumer as BOLO (“Be On the Look Out”) #126 on its seeking information photos. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.
In the 29 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,000 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including nearly 350 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.
A complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.