A leader of the far-right Proud Boys group who was photographed grinning and smoking a cigarette in the halls of Congress during Wednesday’s riot has been arrested, federal officers mentioned.
FBI brokers collared Nicholas R. Ochs, 34 of Hawaii, at Daniel Ok. Inouye Worldwide Airport in Honolulu on Thursday as he was arriving house from Washington, the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned in a press release.
He’s charged with misdemeanor illegal entry of restricted buildings or grounds.
Prosecutors used Ochs’ personal social media accounts as proof of his participation in the pro-Trump mob that breached the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress ready to vote whether or not to certify the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election. His smoking selfie is cited in the criticism.
“Hi there from the Capital[sic] lol,” Ochs wrote on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, captioning a shot of him and one other particular person with lit cigarettes in their mouths.
Ochs, the leader of the Proud Boys’ Hawaii faction, admitted he was contained in the Capitol Constructing, however claimed he was there as a “skilled journalist” in an interview with CNN.
“We didn’t have to interrupt in, I simply walked in and filmed,” he mentioned, in accordance with the criticism. “There have been hundreds of individuals in there — that they had no management of the scenario. I didn’t get stopped or questioned.”
The criticism additionally references pro-Trump messages Ochs posted to the Parler app in style among the many president’s right-wing supporters.
“Present this tweet to leftists and say they gained’t do s–t when he simply retains being president,” Ochs wrote in November, alongside a tweet from President Trump declaring he gained the election. “They’re getting scared, they usually don’t operate after they’re scared.”
Ochs’ case is amongst greater than 50 which have been filed in reference to Wednesday’s riots.