Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio Charged with Conspiracy in Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

Authorities arrested and charged far-right Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio with conspiracy over the United States Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the Justice Department announced on March 8.

Tarrio, 38, faces one count of each conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and obstruction of an official proceeding, as well as two counts each of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers and destruction of government property, according to the indictment.

Authorities arrested Tarrio at Miami and was scheduled to make his initial appearance in the Southern District of Florida on March 8, the Justice Department said.

While Tarrio was not accused of physically taking part in the Capitol breach, the indictment alleged that he led the advance planning and remained in contact with other Proud Boys members during the Capitol attack.

Tarrio was not present during the insurrection because he was arrested two days before in Washington, D.C. and accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Black church. He was also charged with possessing two high-capacity rifle magazines.

Tarrio was released on Jan. 5, 2021 and the court ordered him to stay out of the capital.

“Tarrio nonetheless continued to direct and encourage the Proud Boys prior to and during the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and that he claimed credit for what had happened on social media and in an encrypted chat room during and after the attack,” the Justice Department said.

Others charged in the indictment include Ethan Nordean, 31, of Auburn, Washington; Joseph Biggs, 38, of Ormond Beach, Florida; Zachary Rehl, 36, of Philadelphia; Charles Donohoe, 34, of Kernersville, North Carolina; and Dominic Pezzola, 44, of Rochester, New York.


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