A Proud Boy member was arrested in New Jersey
on Tuesday for allegedly breaking into the United States
Capitol on January 6
and bragging about it to his mother and other Facebook
According to court documents, Shawn Price, 26, of Rockaway, New Jersey, is a self-described member of the Proud Boys
and held a leadership position in the extremist group's northern New Jersey chapter. He was charged with six federal offenses in connection with his alleged role in the attack
and made his first court appearance in his home state Tuesday afternoon.
Price sent messages to various Facebook users in the months before Donald Trump supporters
led an assault
on the Capitol to try to stop the counting of Electoral College votes
for Joe Biden
, discussing his affiliation with the Proud Boys, his attendance at various “Make America Great Again” events, and his intention to visit Washington
on the day of vote certification, an FBI
According to the affidavit, Price was photographed at the Capitol's lower west terrace as a crowd pushed toward police while officers fired chemical irritants, and he was wearing goggles.
Price allegedly sent a video to another Facebook user identified as L.H.P., whom law
enforcement believed to be his mother, in which he calls U.S. Capitol Police
"fucking scumbags" for shooting
chemical irritants at the mob on Capitol grounds. The Facebook user identified as Price's mother asked him when he was heading out.
Price is being charged with misdemeanors as well as felonies for obstructing law enforcement during a civil disturbance and obstructing justice.
“Fuck you assholes! It’s go time, guys! Fuck you! Fucking shoot at us! Fuck you!” he allegedly yelled at the officers attempting to keep control of the Capitol. “You fucking coward, fuck you... fuck you! They’re dead, they’re dead!”
He allegedly sent videos, including one selfie-style video, in which he can be heard making those and similar remarks to a number of people
“We did it
bro, we took it the fuck ober... Over... We are inside the capitol now,” Price reportedly texted an associate on Jan. 6. “We took it buddy... Me and 3 others stormed it and no one else would until we started, then everyone stormed.”
Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys, was arrested before the Capitol attack on Jan. 6 and charged with assisting in the destruction of a Black Lives Matter
banner during a previous pro-Trump event in D.C.
, as well as possessing high-capacity gun
magazines. A judge
ordered Tarrio to stay away from D.C. the afternoon before the attack, but it wasn't 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 Capitol attack. During the riot, Proud Boys discussed "blending in," leading many of their fellow Trump supporters to believe they were anti-fascist activists, known as antifa.
Federal authorities are closing in on 500 arrests in connection with the Capitol attack, and nearly 300 suspects pictured on the FBI's Capitol website are still being sought; and that's not even the entire universe of suspects: the FBI, which told Congress
that nearly 2,000 people were believed to be involved in the Capitol breach, has continued to seek the public's assistance in identifying t
The FBI and Justice Department
have requested additional resources to deal
with the increase in cases and domestic terrorism
investigations as a result of the Capitol attack, and the FBI has stated that “narratives of fraud in the recent general election
” and “the emboldening impact of the violent breach of the United States Capitol” will likely spur more domestic terrorist attacks this year.