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Five members of one Texas family charged in Capitol riot case

It's another instance of friends or relatives alerting investigators to possible participants in the Jan. 6 attack.

WASHINGTON — Five members of a family from the Texas Panhandle were arrested Tuesday, becoming the largest family group charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Thomas and Dawn Munn, of Borger, Texas, and three of their children, Kristi, Joshua and Kayli, were charged with illegally entering the Capitol and engaging in disorderly conduct.

Several married couples have been among the 532 people accused of joining in the Capitol siege, and there are examples of an adult and a child entering the Capitol. But this latest case involves almost an entire family.

Court documents said the arrests followed a tip from a relative of the fiancé of Kristi Munn, making this another instance of friends or relatives alerting investigators about who was in the Capitol.

The charging documents said Tom Munn posted a message on Facebook in late December urging people to come to Washington. "Our President has asked two things from us so far ...#1 Vote #2 January 6, 2021."

The FBI said surveillance video showed the five family members entering the Capitol by climbing through a broken-out window. Other video showed them leaving by crawling through a window 52 minutes later.

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Munn family at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.via US Dept. of Justice

Court documents said that when an FBI agent interviewed Kristi Munn by phone, she denied that she was inside the Capitol. But investigators said the day after the riot, she wrote in a conversation on Facebook, "We were in the Capitol!" adding, "Just keep that bit of info on the DL for now," or the down-low, meaning private.

All five family members are charged with four counts related to the siege, and each is a misdemeanor. Court records say members of the family have requested a court-appointed lawyer, but no information on their lawyers was available.