“Storming the Capitol”: Social media posts help arrest Kenilworth resident for alleged involvement in January 6 riot
A 24-year-old Kenilworth resident and graduate of nearby Lake Forest High School was arrested on the morning of Tuesday, June 8 for his alleged involvement in the deadly January 6 riot on the United States Capitol.
Federal prosecutors have charged Christian Kulas with two misdemeanors: knowingly entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, according to a federal affidavit and first reported by other Chicagoland media.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court, the FBI received several reports on January 9 that a person named Christian Kulas was pictured in footage and videos of “the illegal activity that occurred on the 6th. January 2021 in and around the United States Capitol and the grounds.
Federal officials say a cooperating witness provided them with video clips from an Instagram account with the username “radheshyam97”, according to an affidavit by FBI Special Agent Jacob A. Schaefer supporting the criminal complaint.
The same witness also provided the FBI with additional information about Kulas, prosecutors said.
The account – which the FBI later allegedly determined to belong to Kulas by tracing the registered email address – shows five videos depicting scenes from the January 6 riot.
One of the videos provided shows a man smiling as he climbs the steps of the Capitol. According to the affidavit, the person in the video is wearing a dark baseball cap with the words “Keep America Great” in bright orange letters and a dark coat with a Burberry print around the hood of the coat.
Other clips provided from the account show large groups of people climbing the steps and outside wall of the Capitol building.
A second witness, who the FBI said attended middle and high school with Kulas, told officials they were “very confident” that the videos posted by the account and the person depicted on it were Kulas.
This witness also identified Kulas as the speaker in one of the videos featuring a male voice saying “storm the Capitol.”
According to Schaefer, the FBI obtained additional video footage from “various sources that appear to show KULAS inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, wearing the same Burberry hat and coat depicted in the videos posted by the Instagram account.” .
Federal officials also said in the affidavit that Kulas’ mother confirmed Christian’s identity in response to a question posed in photographs taken Jan.6 on Capitol Hill during a social media exchange.
Kulas graduated from Lake Forest High School in 2015, according to school records, where he raced cross country.
Her family lived in suburban Lake County until 2015, when they sold their home for $ 3.3 million, according to property records.
The family had a home in Winnetka until fall 2020 and currently live in the 200 block of Sheridan Road in Kenilworth. According to village documents, the Kulas family requested a large-scale house variation on the property earlier this year.
Christian Kulas’ father Mark Kulas also owns a local cleaning service called Kulas Maids. The service’s website says the company is based near Northbrook.
Federal officials arrested about 465 people on charges related to the Capitol Hill violation on Jan.6, according to the United States Department of Justice. More than 125 people are accused of assaulting or obstructing law enforcement, according to the department.
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