The chief of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, was not in Washington on Jan. 6. He had been arrested two days earlier and banned from the town by an area decide dealing with his case. Mr. Tarrio had been taken into custody in reference to the burning of a Black Lives Matter flag that was stolen by his group from a Black church after a Proud Boys rally in December.
In accordance with the indictment, the arrest despatched shock waves by way of the Proud Boys’ management. That very same evening, prosecutors say, Mr. Donohoe, in North Carolina, posted a message on one in every of group’s encrypted channels saying, “Every little thing is compromised and we could be taking a look at Gang fees.” Mr. Donohoe, who goes by the nickname YutYut, took steps to “nuke” an earlier model of the group’s encrypted channel and to create a brand new one, prosecutors say.
By Jan. 5, courtroom papers say, the Proud Boys had settled on a channel referred to as “Boots on the Floor” to speak and greater than 60 members joined it, together with all 4 defendants within the new indictment and an unnamed co-conspirator. That particular person, prosecutors say, was the one who issued orders on the eve of the assault, telling his colleagues that Mr. Nordean could be in cost on the bottom within the morning and that nobody ought to put on their “colours” — an obvious reference to the Proud Boys’ typical black-and-yellow polo shirts.
Nobody within the mob was carrying these colours when Mr. Nordean, carrying a bullhorn, joined Mr. Biggs and Mr. Rehl in main the Proud Boys towards the Capitol at simply earlier than 1 p.m. on Jan. 6, crossing over barricades that had been “violently disassembled and trampled by the gang,” the indictment says. Minutes later, prosecutors say, Mr. Donohoe helped a part of the mob advance up a flight of stairs, overwhelming the police.
By 2:15 p.m., the indictment says, one Proud Boy — Dominic Pezzola — used a riot protect stolen from the police to interrupt a window, permitting a number of different members of the group to enter the constructing.
5 minutes later, courtroom papers say, a message flashed throughout “Boots on the Floor.”
“We simply stormed the Capitol,” it mentioned.