Proud Boys Member Jailed For Storming US Capitol

Hawaii News Now reports:

The founder of “Proud Boys Hawaii,” who was among the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol, has been arrested. The FBI arrested Nick Ochs on Thursday night at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport upon his return from Washington, D.C.

According to the complaint, he told a CNN reporter, “We didn’t have to break in, I just walked in and filmed” despite rioters violently pushing through barriers and shoving officers. Ochs is being at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu. He is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court next week.

The Daily Beast reports:

In an indictment unsealed in D.C. District Court, Ochs—who promotes his extremist opinions online as part of the “Murder the Media” podcasting and YouTube crew—is charged with trespassing into a restricted building.

Ochs unsuccessfully sought a seat in Hawaii’s state legislature as a Republican last year. Trump adviser, felon, and fellow Proud Boy Roger Stone endorsed his campaign. During the campaign, Facebook deleted Ochs’ campaign page for violating terms of service and community standards, a move Ochs condemned.

Democratic candidate Adrian Tam beat Ochs to represent District 22—covering Waikiki, Ala Moana, and Kakaako on Oahu. Tam won the seat with 63 percent of the vote and is now the only out LGBTQ representative in the statehouse.