FBI arrests Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley on Jan. 6 misdemeanor charges

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The FBI arrested Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley Thursday. 

FBI agents executed search and arrest warrants at his home in Allendale, near Grand Rapids, and took Kelley into custody, a spokeswoman for FBI Detroit, initially confirmed to Fox News Digital. 

Kelley, 40, of Allendale, Michigan, was arrested Thursday morning on misdemeanor charges stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach, FBI Detroit spokeswoman Mara R. Schneider said in an update. 

He was arrested in Allendale and is to make his initial appearance Thursday afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Because this is a pending case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has no further comment at this time, Schneider added. 

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Ryan Kelly, Republication candidate for Governor, attends a Freedom Rally in support of First Amendment rights and to protest against Governor Gretchen Whitmer, outside the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on May 15, 2021. 
((Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images))

A copy of the criminal complaint obtained by Fox News Digital says the FBI received multiple tips regarding Kelley’s presence at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021.

The owner of a real estate firm, Kelley led large rallies at the state capitol in Lansing and Grand Rapids protesting the statewide COVID-19 lockdowns and mandates enforced by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to his campaign website. 

Ryan Kelley, a protest organizer, for the  American Patriot Rally organized by the Michigan United for Liberty for the reopening of businesses stands on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on April 30, 2020. 
((Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images))

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His campaign bio also noted that Kelley, exercising his Second Amendment rights, “guarded a Civil War Statue in his hometown of Allendale as it was threatened to be taken down by BLM and Antifa” during 2020 riots after George Floyd’s killing. 

Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to danielle.wallace@fox.com and on Twitter: @danimwallace. 

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