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'Walis Tambo' Rioter in U.S. Capitol Siege is Arrested

Swept to jail.
by Pia Regalado
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Photo/s: Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse

The pro-Trump protester who wielded a walis tambo (broom) during the U.S. Capitol siege on Jan. 6 has been arrested, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Federal agents in Norfolk, Virginia sent Kene Brian Lazo to jail on Friday, May 28, four months after being listed as a "person of interest" by Washington DC police. Authorities did not mention his nationality.

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He joined hordes of then President Donald Trump's supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol after the losing presidential candidate claimed he was cheated in the November 2020 elections and mounted a rally to overturn the vote. On that day, lawmakers were scheduled to make Joe Biden's victory official, making Trump a one-term president, which is rare for America.

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He faces charges for:

  • Knowingly Entering or Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Buildnig or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
  • Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds or in a Capitol Building
  • Parading, Demonstrating or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Lazo, who was dressed to stand out wielding a walis tambo, a makeshift Captain America shield, and the U.S. flag as his cape, was captured by authorities with the help of social media. A U.S. District Court document  explained how a federal agent found his online posts, including photos of his costume posted a day before the riot, which confirmed his identity. 

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