Proud Boys leader arrested, accused of burning church banner at pro-Trump rally

Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio has said he would plead guilty to charges of destruction of property and pay damages to Asbury United Methodist Church


Proud Boys leader Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio wears a hat that says The War Boys during a rally in Portland, Oregon, September 26, 2020. (Allison Dinner/AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the nation’s capital on Monday arrested the leader of the Proud Boys, who is accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn down from a historic Black church in downtown Washington last month.

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, 36, was arrested by Metropolitan Police Department officers after he arrived in Washington ahead of protests planned by supporters of US President Donald Trump to coincide with the congressional vote expected Wednesday to affirm Joe Biden’s election victory.

Tarrio was taken into custody after a warrant was issued for his arrest for destruction of property, police said. He was also facing a weapons charges after officers found him with two high-capacity firearm magazines when he was arrested, a police spokesman said.

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