The leader of the far-right group Proud Boys, accused last month of burning a Black Lives Matter banner in downtown Washington, has been arrested by police.
After arriving in Washington, Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio, 36, ahead of demonstrations scheduled by President Donald Trump’s backers to coincide with the Congressional vote expected on Wednesday to certify the election victory of Joe Biden.
Mr. Tarrio was taken into custody after a warrant for his arrest for property damage had been issued, the police said.
He was also facing firearms charges after officers found him when he was arrested with two high-capacity gun magazines, a police spokesman said.
During a December rally in the area, he reportedly admitted to torching a banner taken from a black church.
Mr. Tarrio told The Washington Post that he was involved in the burning of the banner of the Black Lives Matter and said that he would plead guilty to property damage and pay the church for the banner’s cost.
Another video shows men at Metropolitan AME Church removing a Black Lives Matter poster.
In the city, local police have already begun carrying out additional surveillance.
Last month, a police spokesperson told The Associated Press that authorities were looking into the cases as alleged hate crimes, but Mr. Tarrio was not charged with hate crimes.
Mr. Tarrio did not respond immediately to a message requesting comment on the allegations, and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney on his behalf who might comment.