Proud Boys Leader Charged Over Jan. 6
The Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury indicted Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the leader of the right-wing Proud Boys group, with conspiracy in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Tarrio, 38, was arrested in Miami, Florida, where he resides. He was indicted on 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.
“Although Tarrio is not accused of physically taking part in the breach of the Capitol, the indictment alleges that he led the advance planning and remained in contact with other members of the Proud Boys during their breach of the Capitol,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
Tarrio also allegedly “continued to direct and encourage the Proud Boys prior to and during the events” of Jan. 6 and claimed credit for the riot on social media.
According to the DOJ, more than 775 individuals have been arrested for crimes related to the breach of the Capitol.
Tarrio is among the most high-profile individuals charged in connection with Jan. 6.