Chicago man arrested on federal charges of entering US Capitol during attack

Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune

A Chicago man was arrested Wednesday on federal charges alleging he participated in last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, posting a photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ransacked office on social media while he was in the building.

Kevin Lyons, 40, of the Gladstone Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, was charged in a criminal complaint in Washington with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

He was arrested at his home in the 5500 block of North Mason Avenue and scheduled to appear for a removal hearing at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago, where a magistrate will decide whether to grant bond or have him held in custody to be brought to the nation’s capital to face the charges.

According to the complaint, Lyons posted the photo of Pelosi’s office and a “STOP THE STEAL” message on social media in a reference to President Donald Trump’s false claims the election was stolen. Before going to Washington, he allegedly posted on his Instagram account “I refuse to tell my children that I sat back and did nothing.”

It appears from that account that Lyons works as an HVAC technician.

Lyons is the first person from the Chicago area to be charged with directly participating in the events last Wednesday, when supporters of Republican President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from ratifying the electoral vote for President-elect Joe Biden, leading to the deaths of a police officer and four others.

The FBI has since warned of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege.

On Tuesday, Louis Capriotti, of Chicago Heights, was hit with unrelated federal charges alleging he promised violence at the upcoming presidential inauguration in Washington.

“We will surround the m-----f------ White House and we will kill any m-----f------ Democrat that steps on the m-----f------ lawn,” Louis Capriotti allegedly said in a Dec. 29 voicemail left for a U.S. House member from New Jersey, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.