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Proud Boys Leader Charged with Conspiracy for his Role in Plotting the Assault on the Capitol

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

The leader of the Proud Boys group, Enrique Tarrio, was arrested and charged for Conspiracy days after the leader of the of Alabama Chapter of Oath Keepers Plead Guilty to Seditious Conspiracy and Obstruction of Congress

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Tuesday, FBI agents arrested Enrique Tarrio, the once-leader of the Proud Boys, in a dawn raid in Florida. He was charged with conspiracy charges in relation to the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.


What is most interesting about this arrest and charge is that Enrique wasn't at the Capitol on January 6th. He had been arrested two days prior by Capital police on unrelated charges.


The indictment alleges that "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," according to a Department of Justice news release.


One part of the investigation is a meeting that took place in a downtown Washington DC parking garage between Enrique and Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers militia group. Rhodes is also facing conspiracy charges.


Other Conspiracy Charges

Joshua James, leader of the Alabama Chapter of Oath Keepers pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy in connection with the Capitol breach on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.


James admitted in his plea that from November 2020 through January 2021, he conspired with other Oath Keeper members and other groups to use force to prevent the transfer of presidential power following the 2020 Election. His statement laid out his use of encrypted and private communications, how he and other conspirators equipped themselves with a variety of weapons and combat/tactical gear, and were prepared to take up arms if they were called on to do so.


According to the US Department of Justice, “In the 13 months since Jan. 6, more than 750 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 235 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.”





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