Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was arrested as he was making his way to attend a series of pro-Trump rallies in the nation’s capital on Monday. Tarrio was charged with the crime of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that he had taken from a historically Black church outside of Washington, D.C. The alleged incident happened on December 12 after a “Stop the Steal” rally in support of President Donald Trump.
Charges Brought Against Tarrio
Tarrio was charged with destruction of property for stealing the banner and setting it on fire. A spokesperson with the D.C. Police Department said that they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
At the time of Monday’s arrest, Tarrio was also found with two high-capacity firearm magazines in his possession. As a result, he was charged with possession of a high-capacity feeding device. This charge comes with the possibility of up to three years in prison, along with a fine of $12,000.
Details of Arrest
The arrest happened when Tarrio was on the phone conducting an interview with a reporter from USA Today. At the time of the arrest, Tarrio had just landed at an airport in Washington, D.C. He was planning to be a vocal supporter of the president this week at various rallies.
Tarrio Does Not Deny Charges
Tarrio has not been shy about admitting to the crime. Shortly after the December incident, he took to various social media outlets to admit to burning the banner. At the time, he also dared police to come and get him for the crime, claiming that he was not wrong in his actions.