Several SoCal Locals Investigated, Some Arrested in Connection with the Capitol Riot

So far local arrests include a doctor and an eyelash salon owner
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On Monday, FBI agents searched the Huntington Beach apartment of an ultra-MAGA hairdresser who posted videos on social media in which he allegedly boasted about taking part in last week’s attack on the Capitol building. No arrests were made.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, an FBI spokesperson declined to identify the search subject, but public records reveal the target as Kristopher Martin, a fixture in far-right circles also known as Kristopher Dreww—owner of Hair by Kristopher Dreww—as well as “Adorable Deplorable” to his 11,000 YouTube subscribers.

“I just got back from storming the Capitol,” Martin, 32, says in one video, which has since been deleted. “It was successful. For all you bitches on Facebook going crazy right now talking about it was antifa, and saying it wasn’t us, it was us. We proudly took back our Capitol.”

In another video, Martin bragged, “I will not let the media make us out to seem like we went to D.C. and got attacked… I want you to know we went there to attack people. And for once, I’m not ashamed of that. I’m going to admit it. I’m going to scream it to the rooftops.”

And in yet another rant, Martin urges his fellow election deniers to follow his example, saying, “We stormed that [expletive] Capitol so hard everybody evacuated it at the other end. It’s mine. It’s ours, and we will never let somebody take it from us again. Go to your Capitol at your state. Stand at your Capitol at your state. You deserve it. It’s possible. We did it today, we did it. God, it’s exhilarating. It’s so good. It felt so [expletive] good.”

By Friday, however, Martin had changed his tune during an interview with the Orange County Register. Choking back tears as he made the 2,700-mile drive home from DC, Martin said, “I’m scared. I fear for my life.”

He continued, “I never went inside the Capitol. I am a waste of time [for authorities to investigate], but there are other people who did terrible things and should be arrested. I didn’t go to Washington for Donald Trump. I went there for everyone’s vote to count.”

The humbled hairstylist also issued a mea culpa of sorts during a live-streamed “Ask Me Anything” session last Thursday. “A lot of people are having a lot of assumptions about me and about things that I’m wrapped up in,” he begins. “I’m sorry about the video I made where I said that it was not Antifa, it was us patriots, because I have learned now that there were actual Antifa people sprinkled throughout all the patriots.”

Martin was not arrested, but he’s not alone among Southern California-based and -connected individuals who traveled to DC only to be of interest to authorities in subsequent days and weeks.

Currently, arrests include:

Hunter Allen Ehmke

According to the San Gabriel Valley Times, Hunter Allen Ehmke, 20, of Glendora, was arrested at his grandfather’s home on January 13 for obstruction of an official proceeding, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and destruction of government property. He was released on bail, but has been ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

Klete Keller 

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller, 38, current resides in Colorado Springs, but was once a star swimmer on USC’s team. He was arrested on January 14 in Colorado on charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing law enforcement and illegally entering a restricted area, and was released after an initial appearance in federal court in Denver.

Gina Bisignano

Local eyelash salon owner Gina Bisignano, 52, was arrested in Beverly Hills on Tuesday and charged with damaging or destroying government property, obstruction of an official proceeding, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In an interview with the Beverly Hills Courier, Bisignano reportedly admitted she’d entered the building, but that she left when she was stricken with a panic attack.

Simone Gold

Simone Gold, 55, is a Beverly Hills doctor who has expressed suspicion of the COVID-19 vaccine and is known to have promoted hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment. Gold confirmed that she was photographed speaking into a megaphone inside the Capitol rotunda, but told the Washington Post, “I can certainly speak to the place that I was, and it most emphatically was not a riot. Where I was, was incredibly peaceful.” Gold was reportedly terminated from her position as a physician in two local emergency rooms after holding a press conference about the supposed benefits of hydroxychloroquine on the steps of the Supreme Court in July. She’s been charged with entering a restricted building and violent entry.

John Strand

According to the Daily Beast, John Strand, 37, is the communications director for America’s Frontline Doctors, a group associated with Gold that has reportedly promoted misinformation about COVID-19. Strand was also charged with entering a restricted building and violent entry.

 


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