Arizona Woman Charged in Capitol Breach Claims Proud Boys Recruited Her: DOJ

February 17, 2021 Updated: February 17, 2021

An Arizona woman charged for her alleged involvement in the U.S. Capitol breach earlier this year claims she was recruited by a Kansas City chapter of the Proud Boys, a group that has long forbidden female members.

Felicia Konold, 26, from Tucson was taken into custody in her home state on Feb. 11 on multiple charges that include conspiracy, civil disorder, obstruction, trespassing, and disorderly conduct, according to a criminal complaint (pdf) from the Department of Justice.

The criminal complaint said law enforcement officials received a tip from a witness about a Snapchat account going with the username “classy_lacy”—later identified as Konold—describing the Jan. 6 incident in several videos.

Konold was seen in the footage reportedly boasting about the Kansas City Proud Boys recently recruiting her.

“In a video from the Snapchat account, a woman’s voice celebrated that she had just been ‘recruited into a [expletive] chapter from Kansas City,'” the complaint states. “The woman claimed that she had been told that even though she was not from Kansas City, she was ‘with them now.'”

Konold later displayed a two-sided “challenge coin” in the video that appears to have markings that designate it as belonging to the Kansas City Proud Boys—seemingly proving her point, the complaint alleges.

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Kansas City Proud Boys “challenge coin.” (Courtesy of FBI via DOJ)

Konold was seen in several pictured captured on Jan. 6 near the U.S. Capitol while wearing a tan baseball cap, tan pants, a black jacket and backpack, and a large green scarf, investigators said.

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Felicia Konold, 26, from Tucson, Arizona. (Courtesy of FBI via DOJ)

According to the complaint, she was present among a group of five people who “acted in concert to achieve unlawful purposes” and obstruct law enforcement during the Jan. 6 incident.

According to the Proud Boys website, the group focuses on protecting free speech and the Second Amendment. Their other core values, as stated on their website, are the fight against drugs and racism, support for small government, and strong borders.

The group was recently designated as a terrorist organization by the Canadian government. President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have both previously condemned the group.

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