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Los Angeles woman arrested for alleged involvement in Jan 6 Capitol Riots in DC

Los Angeles woman arrested for alleged involvement in Jan 6 Capitol Riots in DC

Los Angeles, CA: A woman from Los Angeles faces federal felony and misdemeanor charges for her alleged activity during the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol breach.

She made her first federal court appearance in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. The woman is identified as 27-year-old Kayla Reifschneider.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Reifschneider is charged in a District of Columbia criminal complaint with felony obstruction of an official proceeding and several misdemeanor offenses, including entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct, and physical violence in Capitol grounds or buildings.

Reifschneider, a Telegram Patriots 45 member, traveled from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., before Jan. 6, 2021, according to court records. Patriots 45 supported then-President Donald Trump and criticized fraudulent election results.

She also took stun guns and pepper spray to the capitol complex.

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On Jan. 6, 2021, open-source video showed Reifschneider hurling obscenities at officers on the Upper West Terrace, according to the DOJ. She allegedly departed and joined rioters on the east side of the Capitol, where media had gathered.

Media separated themselves from the crowd behind bike racks. An open-source video here shows Reifschneider ranting at reporters. Reifschneider climbed over a small wall separating the journalists from the rioters after other rioters knocked over and dismantled bike racks, court documents show.

Federal prosecutors said Reifschneider cheered, spitted, and yelled at media members as they fled and their equipment was destroyed.

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After lifting and hurling a helmet at another person, she stepped on a ground-level camera. The DOJ says she leans down, lifts the camera, and throws it back.

The DOJ claims Reifschneider and others disrupted a joint congressional session to tally 2020 presidential electoral votes.

Over 1,358 people have been charged in nearly all 50 states for Capitol breach charges in the 38 months since Jan. 6, 2021, including over 486 for assaulting or hindering law enforcement. The investigation continues.

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