NEW: Proud Boys leader Henry "Enrique" Tarrio is released on his own recognizance, after pleading NOT-guilty to burning a #BLM flag and possessing two high-capacity gun magazines. He's been ordered to stay out of DC until his next court appearance in June.— Neal Augenstein (@AugensteinWTOP) January 5, 2021
Harry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio
In addition to destruction-of-property charges, the 36-year-old is also facing two felony weapons charges: D.C. police say officers found him with two high-capacity firearm magazines when he was arrested.
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was allegedly carrying these two high capacity gun magazines when @DCPoliceDept arrested him Monday in the 3rd Street tunnel. @wusa9 He's slated to go before a DC judge shortly. pic.twitter.com/wTFlja8C6T— Bruce Leshan (@BruceLeshan) January 5, 2021
The arrest affidavit from D.C. police relies on publicly available videos of the church banner vandalism as well as interviews Tarrio gave to The Washington Post and other news outlets — and even memes Tarrio posted in which he takes credit for the vandalism.
The affidavit also pointed to statements Tarrio has given claiming credit for the burning. In a Dec. 18 post on the online platform Parler, Tarrio wrote: “Against the wishes of my attorney I am here to admit that I am the person responsible for burning of this sign.”
New Details in Proud Boy Arrest: @DCPoliceDept knew Enrique Tarrio was in a Honda Crosstour and pulled him over in the 3rd Street tunnel. Detective says he had two high capacity gun magazines in his book bag. @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/3uTGz1VJ4g— Bruce Leshan (@BruceLeshan) January 5, 2021
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