Proud Boys organizer Joseph Randall Biggs who was arrested in Florida in connection to the riot at the Capitol earlier this month has been charged, adding to the growing list of federal cases against those who took part in the mob. He was identified through multiple videos and photos.
Biggs faces charges of obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding; knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority; and willfully and knowingly engaging in disorderly conduct to impede a session of Congress.
The charges say he was one of the first to enter the Capitol building through a door that was opened by a small group that got in by breaking a window with a police body shield.
In an interview with the FBI on Monday, Biggs admitted to investigators that he entered the Capitol building but denied forcing his was through. He claimed that the doors of the Capitol were wide open when he made entry into the building and denied having any knowledge of any pre-planning of storming the Capitol or those who planned it.
One of the videos reviewed by the FBI shows Biggs responding, “This is awesome!” after someone asks him what he has to say as people enter the Capitol, the complaint said. The agent, whose name was redacted, also noted that Biggs wore what appeared to be a walkie-talkie style device, along with several other suspected Proud Boys members.
Biggs briefly appeared Wednesday afternoon before a federal magistrate judge, Embry Kidd, in Orlando and did not make a plea. Prosecutors did not seek detention and he was released to home confinement detention. He is allowed to travel to Washington, D.C., where subsequent court proceedings will be conducted.