FBI Charges Proud Boys Leaders In Four States

The New York Times reports:

F.B.I. agents have arrested two organizers for the Proud Boys in Philadelphia and North Carolina, and prosecutors filed new charges against two other prominent members of the far-right group in Florida and Washington State as federal authorities continued their crackdown on its leadership ranks.

With the new conspiracy indictment, prosecutors have now brought charges against a total of 13 people identified in court papers as members of the Proud Boys.

Federal investigators have described the group, which appeared in force in Washington on Jan. 6, as one of the chief instigators of the riot at the Capitol that left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

The FBI arrested Zach Rehl, the president of the Philadelphia Proud Boys, at his Port Richmond home on Wednesday on charges he plotted with prominent leaders of the organization to attack the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Agents arrived at the home just after 8 a.m. and took Rehl, 35, away in handcuffs shortly afterward, neighbors said.

Specific charges against him have not yet been released. But sources familiar with the investigation say he has been indicted alongside two previously arrested Proud Boys leaders with conspiring to obstruct law enforcement at the Capitol and the Congressional certification of 2020 election.

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