- A original court filing details the weeks-prolonged planning by
Proud Boysindividuals ahead of the Capitol siege.
- One of the organization’s leaders obtained a lookalike
passportto possibly flee, documents say.
- The leader of the far-actual community told agents the passport belonged to his better half’s ex-boyfriend.
One Capitol rioter may have been planning a duplicitous international getaway following the January 6 siege.
Ethan Nordean, a leader in the far-actual, white supremacist organization the Proud Boys, obtained a valid US Passport issued to anyone who looked adore him and kept it near his bed with his better half’s passport, original court documents said.
In a pre-trial detention filing made on Monday for Nordean, prosecutors detailed the months-prolonged tactical preparations individuals of the Proud Boys made in advance of the assault on the Capitol Building at the origin of this year.
Nordean helped plan and fundraise for the community’s role in the Capitol riot starting as far back as November 4, the court filing said.
After the Proud Boys’ leader, Enrique Tarrio, was arrested in DC days sooner than the siege, the organization nominated Nordean to take “ultimate leadership” of the community’s activities on the day of the attack and granted him “war powers,” prosecutors said.
The night sooner than the attack, prosecutors say the Seattle-based leader urged his fellow Proud Boys to wear dark clothes and avoid the colors typically associated with individuals of the extremist community.
On the day of the riots, Nordean, wearing all black and wearing a tactical vest, urged his fellow individuals to utilize encrypted communications and the military-vogue equipment they had acquired. He then issued particular orders: “Break up up into teams, attempt to break into the Capitol building from as many totally different facets as doubtless, and prevent the Joint Session of Congress from Certifying the Electoral College outcomes,” prosecutors said.
The 30-year-archaic was arrested weeks later, on February 3, for his role in planning and participating in the deadly attacks.
But Monday’s court filings reveal original details about Nordean’s pre-siege planning and his publish-siege arrest.
Prosecutors allege that law enforcement agents chanced on a valid US passport issued to a Nordean lookalike at some point of the execution of a search warrant. Federal agents reportedly chanced on the passport on a dresser on Nordean’s facet of the bed in the master bedroom, along with Nordean’s better half’s passport.
Officials did no longer in discovering any passport for Nordean at some point of their search.
Prosecutors described the “apparent explanation” for the doubtful passport – that Nordean “entertained at least the chance of traveling on the passport after he led a community of Proud Boys individuals in the Capitol riot, and after several of the Proud Boys individuals that adopted his lead have been arrested by the FBI…”
Instead, Nordean offered his maintain explanation for the doc.
The Proud Boys leader told agents that the passport belonged to his better half’s ex-boyfriend, and that she had kept the doc as a “keepsake” after the relationship ended. His better half then allegedly took the keepsake passport together with her when she moved into a original home together with her husband, Nordean, and she “merely happened” to sustain the passport together with her maintain passport, “on top of a clothes dresser on [Nordean’s] facet of the bed in the master bedroom.”
Prosecutors argued in the court filing that the anecdote proves Nordean is a critical flight threat and “danger to the community,” and as such, should be detained sooner than his trial.
“As notorious beforehand, should [Nordean] obtain his release and acquire another such passport, it may be exceedingly tough to catch him and make certain his presence for trial,” the filing said.