Proud Boys leader, 4 lieutenants face seditious conspiracy charges over insurrection involvement

Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, leader of The Proud Boys, holds an US flags during a protest showing support for Cubans demonstrating against their government, in Miami, Florida on July 16, 2021. (Photo by Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP) (Photo by EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images)

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, along with four top lieutenants of the extremist group known as the Proud Boys face news charges of seditious conspiracy and conspiracy to prevent an officer from discharging any duties, according to a 10-count superseding indictment that was returned on Monday. The Proud Boys leader and four men—Dominic Pezzola, who notably broke through the first window on the Capitol grounds with a police shield during the Jan. 6 uprising; Ethan Nordean, who’s also known as Rufio Panman, of Auburn, Washington; Joe Biggs, of Ormond Beach, Florida; and Zachary Rehl of Philadelphia—were “previously were indicted and remain detained,” according to the Justice Department.

All defendants now face a total of nine charges and Pezzola faces an additional robbery charge,” the Justice Department noted in a press release. “The defendants are scheduled to appear for a hearing on June 9.” The news comes ahead of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack beginning its public hearings on Thursday. The hearings are scheduled to last for nearly a month and will include a rundown of evidence from congressional investigators through extensive interviews with key witnesses.

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