2 arrested on disorderly conduct charges in US Capitol riot

January 19, 2022 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two women have been arrested on charges of entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct, and demonstrating related to the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot, the FBI said.

The women were identified as Kirstyn Niemela, 33, of Hudson, New Hampshire, and Stefanie Chiguer, 36, of Dracut, Massachusetts. The were arrested Tuesday on arrest warrants and taken into custody without incident.

The two were arrested based on interviews with witnesses, security camera photos, social media postings and images, and cellphone data that allegedly identified them inside the U.S. Capitol as part of a crowd on Jan. 6, 2021.

Both had court hearings Tuesday and were released. A hearing for Niemela was scheduled Thursday in federal court in Washington.

An attorney for Niemela declined to comment. A message seeking comment was left with Chiguer’s lawyer.


More than 710 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Capitol riot. More than 150 people have been charged with assaulting police officers at the Capitol. Over 50 have been charged with conspiracy, mostly people linked to the far-right Proud Boys and anti-government Oath Keepers groups.

More than 70 defendants remain detained on riot charges. At least 183 defendants have pleaded guilty to riot-related charges as of Jan. 11. At least 78 of them have been sentenced, including 35 people who received jail or prison sentences or time already served.