Judge prohibits Proud Boys leader from Washington, D.C., after arrest – NBC News

5January 2021

WASHINGTON– A judge has actually banned the leader of the Proud Boys from the nation's capital after he was implicated of vandalizing a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic black church and found with high-capacity gun publications when he was jailed.

The order bans Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, 36, from entering the District of Columbia, with extremely restricted exceptions to consult with his attorney or appear in court. It comes a day after he was arrested showing up in Washington ahead of demonstrations prepared by supporters of President Donald Trump to coincide with the congressional vote expected Wednesday to affirm Joe Biden's election success.

Tarrio was apprehended Monday by the Metropolitan Police Department and implicated of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn down from a historical black church in downtown Washington last month. He was charged with destruction of property and is also dealing with a weapons charges after officers discovered him with the gun magazines when he was jailed.

According to the criminal problem, when cops pulled Tarrio over on the warrant for vandalizing the Black Lives Matter sign, officers found 2 unloaded publications emblazoned with the Proud Boys logo in his bag that have a capability of 30 rounds each for AR-15 or M4-style weapons.

Tarrio said, according to an authorities report, that he offers the clips and the ones he was carrying were acquired by a customer. “I had a customer that bought those 2 mags, and they got returned 'cause it was an incorrect address,” Tarrio said, according to court documents. “And I called him, and he's like, ‘I'm going to remain in DC,' so I'm like, ‘Okay, I'll take 'em to you.' So that I can show you evidence … I can provide you, like my invoices and stuff like that from it, and, like, the USPS shipping label.”

He was detained in a tunnel near the Capitol, ahead of what is anticipated to be big reactionary protests gathering in D.C. according to Tarrio's online postings: “The ProudBoys will turn out in record numbers on Jan 6th however this time with a twist,” saying they ‘d spread out incognito.

Tarrio's attorney did not immediately react to an e-mail looking for comment.Source: nbcnews.com

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