Coastsider charged in Capitol riot has June conference date

A Half Moon Bay business owner charged with disorderly conduct and breaching the U.S. Capitol last year will appear in federal court in Washington, D.C., next month.

Kenneth Armstrong III, 52, is scheduled for a status conference with Judge Royce Lamberth, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, on June 22, according to court records. Armstrong was arrested by federal agents in Half Moon Bay in January after their investigation of his social media and Capitol security camera footage appeared to show the Pescadero resident in the building with hundreds of other people during the infamous Jan. 6, 2021, incident.

According to a report from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, agents received an anonymous tip in January 2021 that Armstrong had been in the building. Two agents spoke with Armstrong two months later and, according to a statement of facts filed with the court, reported that Armstrong said he attended the rally and went inside the Capitol building for about five to 15 minutes.

Armstrong was charged with four federal offenses including entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct and demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol. He was released shortly after his arrest on a $10,000 bond.

— August Howell

HMB man arrested for alleged sex acts with minor

San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies last week arrested a Half Moon Bay man accused of sexual misconduct with multiple minors.

On April 26, deputies arrested Cesar Gomez Perez, 25, who was identified as a suspect in a September 2021 rape case, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. During the investigation, deputies identified another minor who claimed to have engaged in sexual acts with Gomez Perez. He was arrested and booked into Maguire Correctional Facility on multiple charges, including rape of a minor over 14 and sex acts with a minor.

— from staff reports

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