Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio Violated Terms of Release for 'Loss of Contact'

Judges have reportedly summoned the Proud Boys' leader, who was arrested in Washington, D.C., ahead of the Capitol riot, to appear in court for violating terms of his release.

Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, 36, was arrested on January 4 over weapons charges and the alleged burning of a Black Lives Matter banner in December. Tarrio was later bailed and ordered to regularly report to officials as part of the terms of his release.

However, the Pretrial Services Agency wrote to the courts on February 4 to report that Tarrio had not called nor verified his address, The Washington Post reported.

Two judges from the Washington D.C. Superior Court are now ordering Miami-based Tarrio to justify, via video-link, why his bail should not be revoked, according to court filings seen by the newspaper.

One judge said Tarrio "is deemed a loss of contact," while another alleged he had "violated conditions of release," according to document extracts quoted by CNN.

Tarrio, chairman of the far-right Proud Boys group, disputes the judges' allegations. He told The Post that he had "repeatedly" tried to make contact but to no avail.

"They don't make it easy to reach them. I will call them right now," he said in a phone interview on the day the agency filed its memo.

The dispute comes two weeks after a report claimed Tarrio had helped convict 13 people as an informer for law enforcement, and as investigators continue to charge Proud Boys members—at least eight so far—over the Capitol riot on January 6.

Tarrio has been charged with carrying two high-capacity rifle magazines and burning the BLM flag taken from a church in D.C. during a rally on December 12.

If found guilty of the weapons charges, he faces up to three years in prison.

Court documents state that Tarrio told officers he had the magazines, which bore the Proud Boys logo, because he was delivering them to a customer, D.C. radio station WTOP reported at the time of the arrest.

Tarrio has previously appeared to take responsibility for burning the banner, which had been torn from a church following a pro-Trump rally, and had boasted about the act on social media site Parler.

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Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was arrested as he entered Washington, D.C., on January 4 while demonstrations against the Congressional confirmation of the Electoral College vote. Stephanie Keith/Getty