The charges say he was one of the first to enter the building, through a door that was opened by a small group that got in by breaking a window.
Proud Boys organizer Joseph Biggs was arrested in Florida on Wednesday in connection to the riot at the Capitol earlier this month, adding to the growing list of federal cases against those who took part in the mob.
Biggs, an organizer of the far-right, all-male group of self-described “Western chauvinists,” was identified through multiple videos and photos, according to a criminal complaint signed by an FBI agent who worked the case.
The charges say he was one of the first to enter the Capitol building, through a door that was opened by a small group that got in by breaking a window with a police body shield.
In an interview with the FBI on Monday, Biggs admitted to investigators that he entered the Capitol building but denied forcing his was through.
“Biggs informed the interviewing agent that the doors of the Capitol were wide open when he made entry into the building,” the complaint said. “Biggs denied having any knowledge of any pre-planning of storming the Capitol, and had no idea who planned it.”
One of the videos reviewed by the FBI shows Biggs responding, “This is awesome!” after someone asks him what he has to say as people enter the Capitol, the complaint said. The agent, whose name was redacted, also noted that Biggs wore what appeared to be a walkie-talkie style device, along with several other suspected Proud Boys members.
Biggs faces charges of obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding; knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority; and willfully and knowingly engaging in disorderly conduct to impede a session of Congress.
He appears in court tomorrow. It is unclear whether Biggs has retained an attorney.
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