Proud Boy Leader Who Threatened 'War' Ahead of Capitol Riot Is Arrested - 2021-02-03
A Proud Boys leader who raised funds for tactical gear and fantasized about war in the lead up to the Capitol riot was arrested and charged Wednesday for participating in the violent insurrection.
Ethan Nordean, a 30-year-old who also goes by the name Rufio Panman, was charged with several counts, including obstructing or impeding an official proceeding, aiding and abetting, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Nordean, a self-described "Sergeant of Arms" of the Seattle chapter of the Proud Boys, is among several Proud Boys to be arrested for their role in the riot, including Dominic "Spazzo" Pezzola, who allegedly smashed a window at the Capitol with a police shield, and Joseph Biggs, a top organizer who was caught on camera storming the building and declaring, "This is awesome." The Proud Boys describe themselves as a "pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists."