Springs woman arrested for her involvement on January 6 | News
Rebecca Lavrenz of Colorado Springs was arrested Monday, Dec. 19 in connection with her participation in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection. Lavrenz faces four counts, according to a September warrant: enter and stay in a building or land with restricted access; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a building or restricted area; disorderly conduct in a capitol building; and marching, demonstrating, or picketing a Capitol building.
“On April 26, 2021, FBI agents conducted a consensual interview with Lavrenz at his home,” the criminal complaint reads. “She admitted to traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally on the mall and, on January 6, 2021, following the crowd to the United States Capitol. As she approached the US Capitol from the east, Lavrenz observed physical barriers indicating that the grounds of the US Capitol building were a restricted area. As the crowd grew, Lavrenz watched people get into physical confrontations with police, pushing the barriers as police backed off. She saw a woman hurt herself in the exchange. When a man finally made it through a barrier and into the US Capitol, Lavrenz observed that none of the officers had pursued him. When the crowd finally pushed aside the barriers, allowing people to pass through the main gate of the US Capitol on the east side, Lavrenz followed and entered as well. Lavrenz said she spent about ten minutes inside the U.S. Capitol and described her path as wandering from the east center entrance to the rotunda and back, exiting through the same door she entered through. Lavrenz also provided agents [the photo seen here] of herself at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, identifying herself as the only person facing the camera and wearing a red scarf and white hat.
Lavrenz was released on personal bail and had to return her passport within two working days.
Members of the “popular” faction of the Republican Party in El Paso County staged a protest for Lavrenz outside a Denver courthouse on December 19.
“He’s someone I’ve known for a little while,” El Paso County GOP Chairwoman Vickie Tonkins said during a Dec. 14 appearance on the Conservative Daily podcast. “She would give you the shirt she had on her back. She is just a generous and prayerful grandmother who went to the capital and her only reason for entering this building – after being let in – was to pray. She wanted to pray for the elect. She wanted to pray for our country. She did. If it’s a crime, then they have to come and lock me up.
Michael Lavrenz, his son, shared a message on Facebook on Monday. “As many of you know, myself, my eldest son and my mother were all part of the ‘peaceful protest’ which turned violent on January 6 almost two years ago,” he said. he writes. “After being questioned by an anonymous three-letter organisation, my file and that of my son were abandoned because neither of us entered the building. (Apparently they only press charges against people who entered the building) That being said, you may or may not know that my mother, who is now 70, entered the building. She was [waved] into the building by a policeman with everyone who entered. Security cameras drag her in and out 3 1/2 minutes later. While recording on his phone in the building peacefully. This morning, she is arrested by the corrupt organization and wrongly accused. They will most likely put handcuffs on her arms and ankles as well as a jumpsuit as they fingerprint her and take a photo ID, then place her alone in a cell for a few hours before she is released. appear before a judge. This whole situation is bad on many levels. We have the right as Americans to peacefully protest for everything we believe in. There is absolutely no reason for her to be arrested this morning. Our first amendment rights are slowly being taken away. Please pray for peace in her heart, a quick release and that God will guide her through the process and that an amazing testimony will come out of it. I am extremely proud of her and know that she believes she did the right thing.
A review of Rebecca Lavrenz’s social media shows that she was supporting far-right conservative activist group FEC United, encouraging people to attend the group’s launch event on August 25, 2020. She also shared the content from El Paso County’s slate of “base” candidates, such as Peter Lupia, who unsuccessfully ran for El Paso County clerk, and Rep. Dave Williams (R-Colorado Springs), who ran unsuccessfully against the U.S. Representative. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) in the Republican primary, as well as Mesa County Clerk and Registrar Tina Peters, who unsuccessfully ran against Pam Anderson in the primary for Colorado Secretary of State. Additionally, Lavrenz shared posts from Seven Mountains Mandate Dominionists like Lance Wallnau and Mario Murillo. In February, Lavrenz attended one of Andrew Wommack’s Truth and Liberty events in Colorado Springs, posing for a photo with fake historian David Barton and Bethany Graupner, wife of Fervent Church pastor and FEC United affiliate Garret Graupner. . Lavrenz also congratulated his daughter Laura, who worked as a special assistant to Republican National Chairperson Ronna McDaniel.
A social media review also shows the Lavrenz family has a close connection to Wommack’s Charis Bible graduate Tyler Ethridge, who was charged with six conduct-related counts on January 6, including civil disorder and disorderly conduct. .
According to the statement of facts in Ethridge’s case, “Ethridge said in the interview that in the fall of 2020 he traveled with his wife and daughter to visit friends in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ethridge said a friend, Person-1, offered him paid round-trip airfare and an Airbnb stay to attend former President Donald Trump’s rally in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. »
Lavrenz’s social media is full of regular vacation photos in remote locations.
According to the statement, “On January 4, 2021, Ethridge, Person-1 and Person-1’s son flew from Denver International Airport to Philadelphia International Airport on a red-eye flight which landed on January 5, 2021 The trio then rented a car and drove to Washington, D.C. to meet Person-2, who helped Person-1 arrange the trip.
FEC United founder Joe Oltmann was in Washington, D.C., on January 5, addressing a crowd with a homemade diagram and a low-energy account of election conspiracies that a Denver judge described as “probably false” and “not credible”.
Video captured by Lavrenz’s grandson, Michael Lavrenz Jr., also a Charis graduate, shows Ethridge and Michael Lavrenz Sr. walking toward the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The statement notes: “On January 6, 2021, Ethridge, Person-1, the son of Person-1 and Person-2 took an Uber to the Washington Monument to attend the rally. Person-2 left the group to charge his phone and was not seen or heard from for the rest of the day. Ethridge claimed he could not hear the rally speakers clearly from his vantage point. In the midst of former President Trump’s speech, Ethridge, Person-1 and Person-1’s son walked with the crowd to the United States Capitol. Open-source video captures Ethridge directly participating in the first breach of the Capitol’s perimeter fence, helping to remove the fence erected at the northwest approach to the US Capitol, and that fence bore a large sign declaring “Closed Area”. Ethridge thus facilitated the breakthrough of the rioters in the American Capitol.
John Eastman, Trump’s former attorney and former visiting scholar for CU’s controversial Benson Center, was recently named in the January 6 Committee’s Criminal Referrals. Shawn Smith, a notorious election denier and member of the US Election Integrity Project and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Cause of America Project, also fought with police during the Jan. 6 uprising.
Five people died shortly before, during or after the January 6 uprising, in which the Lavrenz family took part. One person was shot by Capitol police, another died of a drug overdose, and three died of natural causes. Many people were injured, including 138 police officers. Four officers who responded to the attack died by suicide within seven months.
This story was previously published by the Colorado time recorder.