FBI arrests “Walis Tambo” man for taking part in the US Capitol riot on Jan. 6

by Ricky Rillera

NEW YORK – Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI) arrested a Norfolk, Va. man Friday, May 28, they suspect of storming the US Capitol on Jan. 6.

Kene Brian Lazo was arrested early Friday morning at his house. According to court documents, Lazo is charged with the following federal offenses:

  • Knowingly Entering or Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
  • Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds or in a Capitol Building
  • Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building
Kene Brian Lazo

Lazo was dressed to stand out in a crowd with an American flag cape, a broom, which Filipinos refer to as “Walis-Tambo,” attached to a round sign like a Captain America-style shield adorned with wording such as “False Media=Coup,” “Mail-in Fraud=Coup and “Coup-Flu Fighter” (the “t” being shown as a crucifix). His helmet had his steel beam business name on it, which helped the FBI tracked him down.

The FBI’s criminal complaint against Lazo stated that a tip led them to a Facebook page labeled “Fam Council,” which displayed a man at the Capitol with a helmet emblazoned with a company logo “Rodbustars.” In addition, Lazo was identified as posting about going to Washington D.C. and being inside the Capitol. Lazo also posted pictures taken at the Capitol and chatted with people online about his trip.

The FBI noted that the word “boi boi,” which Lazo used in his Facebook conversation, referred to “Walis Tambo broom, commonly used in the Philippines.” Further, the FBI also said that “LAZO posted photos and videos on January 6, 2021 as well. In the videos, LAZO is initially outside of the U.S. Capitol and eventually enters and walks into the Rotunda. Intermitantly, LAZO chants “Our House” and joins other chants.”

You can read the FBI charges here.

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