Washington DC’s Fox News affiliate reports:
FOX 5 has learned that Proud Boys’ leader Enrique Tarrio has been arrested in D.C., according to two law enforcement sources.
FOX 5 ‘s Evan Lambert reports Tarrio is facing misdemeanor destruction of property charges in relation to him saying he burned a Black Lives Matter flag that was stolen from a Black church in December during a protest in the District.
On Monday, the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in D.C. filed a lawsuit against the Proud Boys and Tarrio alleging that the group scaled its fence and tore down a large Black Lives Matter sign on display. It was one of two historically Black churches that were vandalized during the protests.
The New York Times reports:
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that Mr. Tarrio, 36, had been arrested on charges of destruction of property, stemming from a mid-December incident in downtown Washington.
Upon his arrest he was found to be in possession of two high-capacity firearm magazines and charged accordingly with possession.
The arrest also pits the DOJ against some of Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters; the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington acts as the main prosecutor’s office for the District of Columbia.
The leader of the far-right group Proud Boys was arrested in Washington on Monday, on suspicion of burning a Black Lives Matter banner torn from a historic Black church during protests last month. https://t.co/piBpiPXqkB
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