Klete Keller, Olympic swimmer, charged in connection with Capitol riot

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President Trump spoke to the crowd and urged them to go to the building. Then the crowd turned violent as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

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Former Phoenix resident and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller is facing criminal charges after law enforcement officers identified him as one of the people who illegally entered the U.S. Capitol during a riot last week.

According to court documents filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, the 38-year-old Keller has been charged with obstructing law enforcement, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

An FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint that he was able to identify Keller, who is 6-foot-6, in part because of his height. The agent also noted the Team USA jacket that Keller, a three-time Olympian, wore during the riot.

A photograph from a “statement of facts” filed by an FBI agent after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Federal officials allege Olympian Klete Keller was among the crowd. (Photo: FBI)

“PERSON 1 can be seen standing in the Rotunda still wearing the dark colored USA jacket, which also appears to bear a Nike logo on the front right side and a red and white Olympic patch on the front left side,” the agent wrote in the complaint.

A photograph from a “statement of facts” filed by an FBI agent after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Federal officials allege Olympian Klete Keller was among the crowd. (Photo: FBI)

Court records did not immediately list an attorney for Keller, and it was unclear as of Wednesday afternoon if he had turned himself in to authorities.

Keller won five medals in three Olympic appearances for the United States, including gold medals at the 2004 Games in Athens and 2008 Games in Beijing.

Klete Keller looks at the clock, confirming he won bronze with a time of 3:44.11 in the men’s 400-meter freestyle at the 2004 Athens Olympics. (Photo: Eileen Blass, USA TODAY)

Keller was first identified as one of the rioters by multiple media outlets, including SwimSwam, an outlet that covers swimming.

Sarah Hirshland, the CEO of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, released a statement about the reports earlier Wednesday, though she did not refer to Keller by name. She said the USOPC would wait for law enforcement to confirm the identity of the individual “and then evaluate any appropriate actions of our own.”

“I strongly condemn the actions of the rioters at the U.S. Capitol. They do not represent the values of the United States of America or of Team USA,” Hirshland said in the statement.

“At home, and around the world, Team USA athletes are held to a very high standard as they represent our country on the field of play and off. What happened in Washington, D.C., was a case where that standard was clearly not met. The people involved attacked the very fabric of the democracy we all proudly represent and, in turn, also let our community down.”

A photograph from a “statement of facts” filed by an FBI agent after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Federal officials allege Olympian Klete Keller was among the crowd. (Photo: FBI)

Keller most recently worked for Hoff & Leigh, a real estate company, in Colorado. The company said in a statement on Tuesday that Keller, an independent contractor, was no longer employed there.

Federal authorities continue to round up and arrest people charged in the deadly insurrection, and said on Tuesday that some individuals involved in the riot could be charged with misdemeanor trespassing and then face more serious felony charges.

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On Saturday, Phoenix resident Jake Angeli, who made national news with pictures of him inside the Capitol donning an animal fur hat topped with horns, surrendered himself to federal authorities. 

Angeli had been on a list of people sought by Washington, D.C., police. Aware authorities were looking for him, Angeli called the FBI earlier in the week to identify himself as the man photographed in the Capitol rotunda and, briefly, on the dais of the U.S. Senate. He remained in custody. 

Contributing: Rachel Axon; The Arizona Republic.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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