Leader of Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, Charged with Conspiracy over Capitol Riot on January 6th

The leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio arrested on a conspiracy charge role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Enrique Tarrio holding hands with other Proud Boys member

The leader of the Proud Boys group, Enrique Tarrio, 38, was arrested Tuesday, March 8th, on a conspiracy charge for his alleged role in the coordinated attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Though Tarrio, the former chairman of the Proud Boys, was not at the Capitol when the riot erupted on Jan. 6, 2021, because the police had arrested him two days before the riot for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter (BLM) banner, he is believed to have played a key role in orchestrating the violence.

He has been charged with conspiracy and organizing and encouraging other members of the Proud Boys to take part in the chaos at the Capitol before and on the day of the insurrection.

The new riot-related charges are among the most serious filed so far, but they aren’t the first of their kind. Eleven members of the Oath Keepers militia, including group founder Stewart Rhodes, were charged in January with seditious conspiracy for their suspected roles in planning the attack on the Capitol, which was an attempt to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.

Last Wednesday March 2nd, Joshua James, a Leader of the Alabama Chapter of Oath Keepers, pleaded guilty to Seditious Conspiracy and Obstruction of Congress. The Department of Justice stated that in his plea:

“James…admitted that, from November 2020 through January 2021, he conspired with other Oath Keeper members and affiliates to use force to prevent, hinder and delay the execution of the laws of the United States governing the transfer of presidential power. He used encrypted and private communications, equipped himself with a variety of weapons, donned combat and tactical gear, and was prepared to answer a call to take up arms.”

Today, a jury in Washington, DC, found Guy Reffitt guilty of all five charges he faced related to the US Capitol attack. Reffitt, a Texas Three Percenter, was charged with five counts -- wanting to obstruct the congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election, transporting guns into DC, carrying a handgun onto the restricted grounds of the Capitol, interfering with Capitol Police, and obstructing justice - he threatened to kill his son and daughter when he returned to Texas if they told on him. However, his threats did not deter his son from doing his patriotic duty who later reported him to the FBI.

Every day citizens have turned to patriotic informants to help defend our democracy and hold those responsible for the death of five police officers accountable. The FBI is still seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals who made unlawful entry into the U.S. Capitol building and committed various other alleged criminal violations.

Learn more about committee reports and other indictments here


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