Arrest of Proud Boys' Miami-based leader was linked to Capitol insurrection, feds say
Added 01-14-21 01:11:01am EST - “The FBI on Tuesday said Washington, D.C., police arrested the Miami-based leader of the far-right Proud Boys days before the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol because they had developed information showing he was among those planning…” - News.yahoo.com
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The FBI on Tuesday said Washington, D.C., police arrested the Miami-based leader of the far-right Proud Boys days before the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol because they had developed information showing he was among those planning to incite violence as Congress voted to certify the presidential election.
In the agency’s first remarks since a pro-Trump mob attempted to overrun Congress as it voted to certify the results of the presidential election, Steven D’Antuono, assistant director in charge at the FBI’s Washington field office, said federal authorities had worked in the preceding days to identify bad actors planning to attend a Jan. 6 rally near the White House in support of President Donald Trump’s false claims that the election was rigged.
He held up the arrest of Henry “Enrique” Tarrio Jr. as an example of efforts to stop the violence before it began.
“In the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 rally, the FBI worked internally with every FBI field office to ensure we were looking for any intelligence that may have developed about potential violence during the rally of Jan. 6,” D’Antuono said, amid calls by U.S. lawmakers to investigate why law enforcement agencies weren’t better prepared to push back the mob that moved from the Trump rally to the Capitol.
“We developed some intelligence that a number of individuals were planning to travel to the D.C. area with intentions to cause violence,” he said. “We immediately shared that information and action was taken, as demonstrated by the arrest of Enrique Tarrio by the Metropolitan Police Department the night before the rally.”
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