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Proud Boy organizer arrested in Florida over riot at Capitol

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Posted at 12:47 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 12:47:43-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an organizer of the Proud Boys far-right extremist group has been arrested on charges of taking part in the siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

Thirty-seven-year-old Joseph Biggs was arrested Wednesday in central Florida.

According to an arrest affidavit, Biggs was part of a crowd on Jan. 6 that overwhelmed Capitol Police officers who were manning a metal barrier on the steps of the Capitol.

The mob then entered the building as lawmakers were certifying President Joe Biden's election win.

Biggs had organized a 2019 rally in Portland, Oregon, in which more than 1,000 far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators faced off.

It's unclear whether Biggs has an attorney.