A prominent Portland-area Trump supporter was among at least three Oregonians who were arrested in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, according to police.
Kristina Malimon, 28, was charged with unlawful entry and curfew violations. Malimon is the vice-chairperson of the Young Republicans of Oregon.
The address associated with her arrest is the 100 block of First Street N.W., right by the U.S. Capitol.
Court documents filed Thursday in Washington, D.C., Superior Court state that Malimon “did enter or attempt to enter” the U.S. Capitol grounds around 7:15 p.m. ET, after D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 6 p.m. curfew had begun. Malimon was with five other women, including Yevgemya Malimon, 54, also from Oregon, court documents state.
Over the course of three minutes, the Metropolitan Police Department issued three warnings to disperse or go inside, court documents state. The women “did not obey the warnings,” court documents state. “They were stopped and placed under arrest for violation of Mayor’s Curfew order.”
Simultaneously, U.S. Capitol police officers were broadcasting over loudspeaker that the Capitol grounds were closed. The women were “observed in the listed location and failed to vacate,” the court documents state.
On Thursday, Yevgemya Malimon and Kristina Malimon were arraigned on the charges in court, pleaded not guilty and given a June court date. They’re ordered to stay out of the city as part of their release conditions.
During her arraignment Thursday, Kristina Malimon asked about the stay-away order: “Will I be able to dispute that when the court hearing happens?”
Social media posts from Kristina Malimon showed her at the Trump rally in D.C. prior to the moments an insurrectionist mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building. Posts show her wishing the president’s son Eric Trump a happy birthday as the crowd sang.
Four people died in the attack on the Capitol building: one woman was shot and killed by law enforcement, and three others died from medical emergencies during the event, according to NPR.
Another Oregonian, Rodney Taylor, 57, was charged with curfew violations on the 1000 block of 14th Street N.W. Less information was available on his arrest.
Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy Williams condemned the insurrection and vowed to prosecute any Oregonians who broke the law in Washington, D.C.
“Yesterday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol was an abomination to our democracy and utterly indefensible,” Williams said in a statement. “I join my fellow U.S. Attorneys in unequivocally stating that if we learn of any Oregonians who traveled to participate in this violence, they will be prosecuted in the District of Oregon to the fullest extent of the law.”
Older posts on social media show Kristina Malimon with Roger Stone, a political operative who has long been close to Trump, congratulating him on his pardon from the president. Malimon also repeatedly questioned the results of the 2020 election on her social media accounts.
BuzzFeed also reported that Malimon was one of the organizers of a Trump boat rally in August that sank a family’s boat along a stretch of the Willamette River that runs through downtown Portland.
WAMU’s Jenny Garthwright contributed reporting from Washington D.C.