Capitol riot suspect was previously cited at Schaumburg demonstration

Updated 1/20/2021 5:45 PM

A 40-year-old Chicago man facing federal charges alleging he took part in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol was cited by Schaumburg police in the fall for disorderly conduct during a political demonstration, authorities said.

Kevin Lyons received the citation at the intersection of Golf and Meacham roads, where pro- and anti-Trump groups have been gathering for competing demonstrations since last year.


Schaumburg Police Chief Bill Wolf said such citations, alleging a violation of village ordinance, have been issued when people antagonized other demonstrators and disobeyed officers' orders to move back.

Lyons is charged with federal misdemeanor counts of entering a restricted building without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds stemming from the riots two weeks ago. A photo briefly posted to his Instagram account showed a sign that read "Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi."

Wolf said the weekly Schaumburg demonstrations have been almost entirely peaceful prior to this past Sunday, when a pro-Trump demonstrator slapped a phone out of the hand of an anti-Trump demonstrator. That incident remains under investigation.

In the early fall, a report of a suspicious vehicle driving near the pro-Trump group led to a person being charged with possession of a gun without Firearm Owners ID card. But there was no indication that the person intended harm, Wolf said.

• Daily Herald news services contributed to this report.

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