Federal prosecutors charged a leader of the far-right group the Proud Boys for his role in the Capitol riot that left five people dead in the nation’s capital earlier this month.
Joe Biggs, who lives in Florida, was busted after being caught on video in the Capitol building after a fellow member of the Proud Boys busted through a window with a plastic shield, according to a criminal complaint against him.
Inside the Rotunda, he allegedly filmed as Trump supporters ran riot in the halls of the building and posted the footage to the social media site Parler.
In an affidavit, an FBI agent wrote that Biggs wrote on social media that the Proud Boys were “blending in” during the riot. Members of the group — designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — were also wearing earpieces during the siege.
Biggs admitted to entering the building when questioned by the FBI, but said he had entered through an open door and denied planning the insurrection.
Five people died in the riot on Jan. 6, including a Capitol Police officer who was beaten by rioters who stormed the building after listening to President Donald Trump speak about overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election.
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