Proud Boys’ Enrique Tarrio charged with seditious conspiracy

Enrique Tarrio (left); Stewart Rhodes (right)

(L) Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio; (R) Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes

Federal authorities have filed charges Enrique Tarriothe leader of the far-right group Proud Boys, and four co-defendants with seditious conspiracy in connection with the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

According to prosecutors, Tarrio, 38, is said to have founded a “special chapter” of the Proud Boys known as the “Ministry of Self-Defense”. The Proud Boys allegedly used the MOSD group to coordinate actions on January 6th.

Tarrio was the national chairman of the Proud Boys until at least January 6, the DOJ says.

The seditious conspiracy charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to 20 years if convicted.

“On January 6, 2021, the defendants directed, mobilized, and led members of the crowd onto the Capitol grounds and into the Capitol, resulting in the dismantling of metal barricades, destruction of property, burglary of the Capitol, and attacks on law enforcement,” shared the Justice Department in a press release on Monday. “During and after the attack, Tarrio and his co-defendants claimed credit for what happened on social media and in an encrypted chat room.”

Tarrio, along with Ethan Nordean31, Joseph Bigges38, Zachary Rehl37 and Dominic Pezzola44, have previously been charged with conspiracy to obstruct and obstruct an official process, obstructing law enforcement during a civil disorder, destroying government property, and assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain officials.

All have been in custody since their arrest.

Pezzola faces an additional charge of robbing personal property of the United States.

A sixth defendant Karl Donohoe, 34, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to obstruct official proceedings and assaulting police officers. He is reportedly cooperating with the federal government’s investigation into the Jan. 6 attack.

Authorities have linked Tarrio to it Steward Rhodes, leader of the right-wing anti-government group Oath Keepers. According to video reportedly taken by a documentary crew on the night of Jan. 5, Tarrio, Rhodes and others were meeting in a Washington, DC parking garage when Tarrio was allegedly leaving the district.

Read the substitute charge below.

[Images via Joe Raedle/Getty Images and Collin County, Tex. Jail.]

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