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LA. County workers charged in January 6 Capitol riots

It was better than a cup shot.

A video of riots pouring out after the nation’s Capitol violation in January was all it took for colleagues at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Services to say they would spot one of their managers.

Acting on this tip from a co-worker, the FBI built a criminal case against Lois Lynn McNicoll, 69, of San Clemente on federal charges of intentionally entering or remaining in a restricted building or yard without legal and violent authority entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Yard.

News footage appears to show county veteran staff leaving the Capitol along with a line of jubilant protesters after the violent check on Jan. 6, which saw dozens of police officers injured and left five dead. More than 532 people have been charged with a wide range of federal crimes.

According to an affidavit by an FBI agent, McNicoll is seen wearing a white “Trump” hat inside the Capitol. Videos from the Capitol’s closed-circuit television system apparently show him carrying a red and white flag with the word “Trump Country” wrapped around his shoulder after he entered the building. During his time inside, he took what appeared to be a cell phone and recorded video and took photos, according to the affidavit.

McNicoll told FBI agents in an interview that he was traveling to the District of Columbia to hear then President Trump speak on the morning of January 6th. He admitted he “walked into the Capitol with a large group, walked up the stairs to the Capitol Building and entered doors that were already forced to open,” according to the affidavit.

The social services manager, however, refused to take any photos or videos while inside the Capitol, according to the affidavit. The agent in the affidavit states that the statement is consistent with images from Capitol CCTV.

It is the latest Southern California to be swept by the FBI as a sifting agent through thousands of videos and other pieces of evidence seeking to identify hundreds of people who violated the Capitol, forcing lawmakers and then Vice President Mike Pence to escape.

This month, two Orange County extremists – a former police chief and his partner in organizing the rally rallies – were accused along with members of the militia Three percent in connection with the insurance. Alan Hostetter, former head of the La Habra Police Department, faces several charges along with fellow Californians Russell Taylor, Erik Scott Warner, Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez, Derek Kinnison and Ronald Mele.

Orange County has become a hotbed of extremist activity in the last year. The Capitol riot came after a year of right-wing protests in the county that spiraled into increasingly violent language against ever-greater enemies. It began with protests and strange conspiracy theories about COVID-19 restrictions, including a harassment campaign that expelled the county’s top health officer, and rallies to remember Gov.Gavin Newsom and Trump support.

It is unclear whether McNicoll was an active participant in the Stop Thief and Protest-related events of COVID-19 in the county.

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