FBI arrests suspected Fil-Am 'walis tambo' US Capitol rioter

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FILE PHOTO: Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest in the US Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest in the US Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents arrested a man who was photographed carrying a "walis tambo" (broom) during the violent riot that saw former President Donald Trump's supporters storm the US Capitol building on January 6.

Filipino-American Kene Brian Lazo was arrested on Friday (May 28) at his home in Norfolk, Virginia. 

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Lazo and hundreds of other individuals illegally marched into the US Capitol, an FBI affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, Lazo had prepared for the Jan. 6 event. It included photos of a man in tactical gear covered by a face mask and goggles, while also wearing an American flag as a cape.

The FBI acted on a tip that tied a person to the Facebook page "Fam Council" who had stormed the Capitol in January. The tipster recognized the sticker with the word "rodbustars" on the suspect's helmet.

Photo: Fam Council/FB
Photo: Fam Council/FB

Agents tied the sticker to the company Rodbustars, LLC that is registered to a certain Jen Lazo. It has an office address registered at the suspect's residence. A phone number of Rodbustars was linked to the "Fam Council" Facebook page.

Agents determined that the phone connected to that number was within the vicinity of the Capitol during the riot using cell tower data.

With a search warrant, the FBI recovered Facebook records for the "Fam Council" page that the bureau said was deleted shortly after the Jan. 6 riot.

The records showed Kene Brian and Jen Lazo jointly operated the "Fam Council" page.

Records revealed that Lazo planned about going inside the Capitol. He also chatted online with people about his participation in the riot.

According to the affidavit, Lazo replied to a commenter saying, "(A)ll is good uncle... (I) will be going (to) (W)ashington, DC to protest on (J)an 6.” 

Lazo also told someone on Facebook that he “will be the only 1 with a boi boi representing (A)sians" a day later. A "boi boi" is an apparent reference to the "walis tambo", a broom commonly used in the Philippines.

Lazo posted on Facebook after the attack, “...(I) took a boi boi to the Capitol and swept the floor literally...”

Lazo was charged with four federal crimes: entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; engaging in disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds or in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

The Capitol siege resulted in the death of five individuals and led to one of largest criminal investigations in American history. The US has filed charges against more than 450 people in connection with the attack, which authorities viewed as an act of domestic terrorism.

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