'I Led The Storm!' Proud Boy Arrested, Allegedly Bragged To Mom About Capitol Riot
Shawn Price, a member of the extremist group Proud Boys, posted videos of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol to a Facebook user who was identified as his mother and numerous other people, the FBI alleged in a fact sheet. (Photo: FBI)
A Proud Boy member who was accused of violating the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and then bragging about it to his mother and other Facebook users was arrested in New Jersey on Tuesday.
Shawn Price, 26, of Rockaway, New Jersey, is a self-proclaimed member of the Proud Boys and, according to court documents, held a leadership position in the northern chapter of the extremist group in New Jersey. He was charged with six federal offenses for his alleged role in the attack and appeared in court for the first time in his home state on Tuesday afternoon.
In the months before Donald Trump supporters attacked the Capitol to try to stop the Electoral College vote count for Joe Biden, Price sent messages to various Facebook users stating that he was Proud Boys, his participation in various “Make America Great Again,” and his intention to visit Washington on Vote Certification Day, an FBI agent said on an affidavit.
Price was featured in photos taken on the lower west terrace of the Capitol when a crowd pushed the police as officers fired chemical irritants, the affidavit said. Price reportedly wore safety glasses.
In messages to another Facebook user known as L.H.P. who was identified by law enforcement as his mother, Price wrote that he led "the storm" of the Capitol. Price allegedly sent her a video calling the US Capitol Police "bloody bastards" for shooting chemical irritants at the mob on the Capitol grounds. Identified as Price's mother, the Facebook user asked him when he was going home and told him to "get out of there" and "try washing with baby shampoo" to help with the pepper spray.
Facebook photos obtained by the FBI from an account believed to be owned by Shawn Price. (Photo: FBI)
Price is facing misdemeanor charges as well as criminal charges for obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder and obstruction of justice.
"Fuck you assholes! The time has come, guys! Fuck you! Shoot us! He reportedly yelled at officials trying to keep control of the Capitol. "You damn coward, fuck you... Fuck you! They're dead, they're dead!"
He reportedly sent out videos to a large number of people where he could make these and similar statements, including a selfie-style video.
“We did it, brother, we damn well took it. . .Over . . . We're in the capital now. ”Price reportedly sent a message to an agent on January 6th. “We took it, buddy. . . Myself and 3 others stormed it and no one else would do it. We started, then everyone stormed. "
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was arrested and charged before the January 6 attack on the Capitol, at a previous pro-Trump event in D.C. for helping destroy a Black Lives Matter banner and for owning high capacity gun magazines. The afternoon before the attack, a judge ordered Tarrio to stay away from DC, but it was not enough to prevent members of the Proud Boys from participating in the attack.
Several Proud Boys, including right-wing media personality Joe Biggs, have been charged in connection with the attack on the Capitol. Proud Boys discussed "meddling" during the uprising, leading many of their Trump supporters to believe they were anti-fascist activists known as Antifa. Last week a woman was arrested in connection with the attack on the Capitol for telling a videographer she hoped "to find me a proud boy".
Supporters of then-President Donald Trump forcibly broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6 after months of telling lies that his election had been stolen. (Photo: OLIVIER DOULIERY via Getty Images)
Federal authorities are nearing 500 arrests related to the Capitol attack, and the FBI Capitol website features nearly 300 suspects who are still wanted. That's not even the entire suspect universe: The FBI, which told Congress that nearly 2,000 people were involved in the Capitol break-in, has continued to seek help from the public in identifying those who the police are working on 6. Get hundreds of thousands of tips.
The FBI and Justice Department have requested additional resources to deal with the increase in domestic terrorism cases and investigations related to the Capitol attack, and the FBI said that "fraud tales in the recent general election" and "the encouraging effects of the Acts of violence "breaking the US Capitol" are likely to spark more domestic terrorist attacks this year.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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