A Seattle-area man and a frontrunner of the far-right Proud Boys pleaded not responsible Tuesday to federal costs accusing him of serving to to plan and lead the lethal January rebel on the U.S. Capitol. Ethan Nordean, 30, entered the plea by his lawyer throughout a video convention earlier than Judge Timothy J. Kelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, The Seattle Times reported.
Nordean was arraigned with one other Proud Boys chief and co-defendant, Joseph Biggs of Florida, who additionally pleaded not responsible.
They and two others Zachary Rehl of Pennsylvania and Charles Donohoe of North Carolina are accused of being ringleaders within the Jan. 6 siege and failed try and halt Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
They are charged with six counts, together with: conspiracy, obstruction of an official continuing, obstruction of legislation enforcement throughout civil dysfunction, destruction of presidency property, coming into and remaining in a restricted constructing and disorderly conduct.
A grand jury’s indictment, unsealed Friday, intensified preliminary federal costs towards Nordean, who was arrested in February. The newest costs embody a conspiracy depend that alleges Nordean and the others labored collectively to plan and perform the assault.
Nordean, 30, of Auburn, Washington, was a Proud Boys chapter president and member of the teams nationwide Elders Council. Nordean, who additionally goes by the alias Rufio Panman, and the three different males every are described as leaders or organizers of Proud Boys chapters of their house states, the indictment says.
The charging papers allege that, earlier than the Capitol assault, the boys labored to acquire paramilitary tools to hold out the siege.
They additionally allegedly dismantled metallic obstacles defending the Capitol and communicated by handheld radios and encrypted messaging purposes, the indictment says.
An encrypted messaging channel referred to as Boots on the Ground was opened the day earlier than the assault, enabling greater than 5 dozen individuals together with Nordean, the three different defendants and a fifth unindicted co-conspirator to organize for the mayhem, in line with the indictment.
Rufio is in cost, cops are the first risk, dont get caught by them or BLM, dont get drunk till off the road, the indictment quotes a message, despatched the evening earlier than the riot by the unnamed co-conspirator, as saying.
The subsequent morning, Nordean, Biggs and Rehl allegedly led a big group of Proud Boys members, together with Donohoe, from the Washington Monument to the Capitol, the place group members stormed the constructing.
Proud Boys members, who describe themselves as a politically incorrect mens membership for Western chauvinists, have incessantly engaged in fights with antifascist activists at rallies and protests. So far, at the least 19 leaders, members or associates of the neo-fascist group have been charged in federal court docket with offenses associated to the Jan. 6 riots.
On Saturday, federal prosecutors filed motions in search of to revoke launch orders for Biggs and Nordean, each of whom had been free of detention pending trial. Rehl and Donohoe, who weren’t arraigned Tuesday, nonetheless face hearings to find out whether or not they need to be detained pending trial.
On Tuesday, Kelly set a standing convention for all 4 defendants for April 1, at which era the decide additionally will hear arguments for and towards revoking Nordeans and Biggs launch orders.