Investigator comments on local tie at Capitol riot  

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Carmel High School got some unwanted publicity Jan. 6 in a video posted to social media from the rally that turned into the breaching of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. 

In the clip, a man wearing a blue and gold Carmel hoodie walks across the frame in a crowd of President Donald Trump supporters protesting the Congressional counting of the electoral college. He’s not seen doing anything illegal, but a local investigator and former FBI agent said he still may be sought by law enforcement to shed light on what he saw that day. 

“Perhaps it’s somebody who intended to go and protest peacefully, there’s nothing wrong with that, but he’s in a position to help (investigators) with the people that crossed the line,” said Doug Kouns, founder of Carmel-based Veracity IIR, which provides intelligence and investigation services. 

Veracity is not directly involved in investigating the incident at the Capitol, but Kouns said he’s received some tips and has passed them along to authorities. 

Dozens of people have been arrested as a result of the riot, which led to the deaths of five people. Kouns said he expects more arrests to come as investigators use social media and other methods to identify suspects. 

“Certainly anybody that was inside the building, anybody that clashed with law enforcement, anybody that damaged property, those people are the ones they’re going to try to identify and hold accountable,” he said. 

Kouns worked for the FBI for more than 22 years, and he spent many of those years in Washington D.C. He said he felt “astonishment” and “disbelief” as he watched the events unfold on TV. 

“I got the same feeling in my stomach that I had on 9/11,” he said. “I had the TV on in my office to watch the electoral college count, and of course it cut to what was going on outside and I couldn’t believe it.” 

 


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