A nationalistic activist was accused of violating U.S. law ahead of the 2021 Washington riots.
Federal prosecutors recently indicted Enrique Tarrio for allegedly planning to attack the U.S. Capitol Complex on Jan. 6.
They claim the former Proud Boys chairman contacted fellow members to bring tactical gear to the nation’s capitol building, stage protests, and disrupt the electoral vote count. His members are also accused of breaching police barricades and forcing their way into the building.
“I am assuming most of the protest will be at the capital building given what is going on inside,” one Dec. 20 message said according to court documents obtained by NBC News.
Ten days later, Tarrio sent a nine-page document entitled “1776 returns,” which allegedly contains plans to occupy House and Senate office buildings.
“On Jan. 3, as efforts to plan for Jan. 6 intensified, Tarrio stated … that he wanted to wait until Jan. 4 to make final plans,” the documents said, according to the broadcaster.
The accused later clarified fellow members were more interested in targeting areas outside the House, near the Capitol’s front entrance.
“I did not hear this voice note until now, you want to storm the Capitol,” he said according to Yahoo News.
Hundreds of extreme protesters then smashed windows, vandalized public property, seized offices, and forced a complete evacuation of both the House and Senate.
The FBI has already arrested more than 725 suspects in connection with the Capitol riots. The actual number of potential suspects could easily total up to 2,500 people.