The Justice Department on Monday announced a new indictment charging Enrique Tarrio, the chairman of far-right extremist group the Proud Boys, and four other members of seditious conspiracy – marking the second indictment alleging coordination leading to the January 6 riot. by individuals who would engage in the use of violence to disrupt the peaceful transition of power.
All of those named in the 32-page indictment, including Tarrio, had previously faced conspiracy charges related to their involvement in planning to disrupt Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s victory.
Other members charged include Ethan Nordean, who took charge of the Proud Boys on January 6 when Tarrio was ordered to stay out of Washington, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola – who is accused of initiating the Capitol’s first breach by smashing windows with a stolen police riot shield.
The indictment follows news last April that fellow senior Proud Boys member Charles Donohoe has entered into a plea deal and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors against the group.
The Department of Justice previously charged 11 members of the Oath Keepers militia with seditious conspiracy in January, including the group’s founder, Stewart Rhodes.
Three senior members of the group have pleaded guilty in the case since the indictment returned and have agreed to cooperate with the DOJ investigation – the other members have all pleaded not guilty.