Member of the Proud Boys pleads guilty to felony charges in connection with Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riots

A member of the right-wing group the Proud Boys has pleaded guilty to felony charges in connection with the Jan. 6 2021 Capitol riots. 

According to a report by The Hill Louis Enrique Colon, 45, of Blue Springs, Mo., pleaded guilty to the felony charge of obstructing law enforcement officers during the riot.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the pleading in a press release on Wednesday where they stated that colon and several others drove from Kansas City, Mo., to Washington D.C., before the Jan. 6 riots along with other members of the Proud Boys in December of 2020.

“Colon allegedly brought his handgun with him on the trip but not into Washington,” The Hill reported. “The day before the attack, he and two others entered a local hardware store to purchase an ax handle to be used as both a walking stick and a weapon, the DOJ said.”

The DOJ said that the members of the group met at the Washington Monument and marched to the west side of the Capitol.

The group is alleged to have gone past the police barricades and onto the Capitol West Plaza and are accused of climbing a wall to get access to the upper levels of the Capitol exterior.

Prosecutors claim this constituted unlawful entry of the building, which reportedly took place around 2 p.m. where he reportedly obstructed police during his roughly 50 mins inside the Capitol building.

Colon allegedly “attempted to lower retractable doors to stop rioters from moving further into the building, the DOJ said. He then used his hands to stop one door and placed a chair in its path, letting other rioters enter the portion of the building, per the department,” according to The Hill.

The Department of Justice claims that Colon was carrying a pocketknife, wearing a backpack and a tactical vest and gloves as well as boots and a helmet. He was later arrested in Kansas City and now faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000