Proud Boys leader arrested again for conspiracy in Capitol insurrection

by Mike Creef, Staff Writer
Proud Boys leader arrested again for conspiracy in Capitol insurrection
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Former Proud Boys leader, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, was arrested early Tuesday morning for conspiracy in the Jan 6 Capitol insurrection.

Tarrio can be seen in footage being handcuffed by law enforcement wearing nothing but his underwear early Tuesday morning.

Tarrio did not attend the insurrection himself, as he was arrested two days prior for the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner taken from Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington D.C. 

Tarrio was told to stay out of Washington D.C., but the feds allege he organized the attack on the Capitol, alongside five other Proud Boys members. The insurrection, according to an indictment, was the final stage of a convoluted plot involving a flurry of text messages, social media posts, and one secret meeting in a D.C. parking garage on Jan. 5. 

The former Proud Boys leader ultimately pled guilty to multiple charges involving the burning of the Black Lives Matter banner and attempted possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device.

Tarrio was sentenced to 155 days in jail last August for the charges, and was released just two months ago before his new arrest. 

Proud Boys leader arrested again

Tarrio was arrested by Miami law enforcement early Tuesday morning. 

The day before the Capitol was attacked, a judge ordered Proud Boys leader Henry Enrique Tarrio to stay out of Washington D.C., but according to the indictment, Tarrio did not leave town as he was supposed to. Instead, he met with Oath Keepers founder and leader Elmer “Stewart” Rhodes and others in an underground parking garage for approximately 30 minutes.

According to the Justice Department Tuesday, “Tarrio and his co-defendants…conspired to corruptly obstruct, influence, and impede an official proceeding, the certification of the Electoral College vote.”

Tarrio appeared in court Tuesday afternoon in Florida and will remain in jail until a detention hearing Friday. The Justice Department has asked that he be detained pending trial, saying he is a flight risk and a threat to the community.

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