The Washington Post reports:
Proud Boys organizer Joseph Randall Biggs was arrested in Florida on Wednesday after the FBI alleged that members of the far-right nationalist group appeared equipped with walkie-talkie-style communication devices and earpieces that could enable “real-time communication” during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Biggs, 37, of Florida, “did aid, abet, counsel, command, induce, or procure others” to storm the Capitol, the FBI alleged in new charging papers. Biggs and others were among the first rioters to storm into the building, the FBI said.
Biggs made an initial appearance in federal court Wednesday, where he did not enter a plea. U.S. Magistrate Judge Embry Kidd of Orlando released him to home confinement after prosecutors did not request his detention.
Biggs, an organizer of the far-right, all-male group of self-described “Western chauvinists,” was identified through multiple videos and photos, according to a criminal complaint signed by an FBI agent who worked the case.
The charges say he was one of the first to enter the Capitol building, through a door that was opened by a small group that got in by breaking a window with a police body shield.In an interview with the FBI on Monday, Biggs admitted to investigators that he entered the Capitol building but denied forcing his was through.
Biggs faces charges of obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding; knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority; and willfully and knowingly engaging in disorderly conduct to impede a session of Congress.
NEW: The feds got Joe Biggs. https://t.co/Fb2VrQ5hTB
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) January 20, 2021
Top Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs arrested over Capitol riot https://t.co/9HdTAjZ55F
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) January 20, 2021
Proud Boys organizer Joe Biggs arrested as FBI alleges more possible planning in U.S. Capitol breach https://t.co/fqKB7dqlLi
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 21, 2021
NEW: Proud Boys organizer Joseph Biggs arrested in Florida in connection to riot at the Capitol. https://t.co/iqykG0gSlr
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 20, 2021