These Two Recently Arrested Insurrectionists May Be Added To The Proud Boys Conspiracy Indictment…
These assholes were on the front lines of the attack on our democracy, and they were instructed to be there by Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean…
Loehrke and Haffner allegedly marched with a group of Proud Boys led by Nordean to the U.S. Capitol. The pair joined a crowd that overran a pedestrian barrier shortly after 1 p.m., breached the building’s West Plaza and stood at the front of a crowd confronting a single line of riot police, before dismantling police barricades on the east side, the FBI said.
“Don’t back down, patriots! … The whole … world is watching. Stand … up!” Loehrke exhorted with expletives to a crowd who he said were only “stopped by 25 officers” at one point, charging papers stated.
“Sidney FRICKIN’ Powell!! What an awesome experience getting to meet her and her team! #SidneyPowell #releasethekraken #TrumpTrain #sturgisrally,” Haffner’s wife commented next to a photo of three people standing in front of a campaign-style bus bearing the logos of “Women for Trump” and the photos of President Donald Trump, conservative commentator Candace Owens and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), according to charging papers. The bus appears to be the same one that Powell was photographed with during her South Dakota trip, and the person Haffner’s wife referred to as Powell is wearing a black biking vest and bracelet similar to what the latter was photographed wearing the following day, although with a different colored shirt and pants.
I can’t be sure they’re going to be added, but the evidence is pointing in that direction…
Two men have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
James Haffner, 53, of the Rapid City area of South Dakota, is charged in a criminal complaint with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, civil disorder, and other offenses. Ronald Loehrke, 30, of Gainesville, Georgia, is charged in the same complaint with civil disorder, among other charges. Haffner was arrested on Dec. 1, 2021, in Pennington County, South Dakota, and made his initial court appearance later that day in the District of South Dakota. Loehrke was arrested today in Cumming, Georgia, and made his initial court appearance today in the Northern District of Georgia. Both were released pending further proceedings.
According to court documents, as of Jan. 6, Loehrke was residing near Seattle, Washington. Prior to Jan. 6, the court documents state, he engaged in text-message communications with Ethan Nordean, also of Seattle, a member of the Proud Boys organization who is charged separately in relation to the events of Jan. 6. In one text, Nordean told Loehrke that he wanted him on “the front line” with him. Loehrke responded with “Sounds good man,” and indicated that he would bring others with him. Additionally, prior to Jan. 6, according to court documents, Loehrke was in contact on repeated occasions with a cellphone that has been linked to Haffner. Nordean has been indicted on conspiracy and other federal charges.
In the early afternoon of Jan. 6, Loehrke and Haffner marched with a group along Constitution Avenue NW, towards the Capitol. Nordean was at the front of the group. Shortly after 1 p.m., Loehrke and Haffner joined a crowd that had overwhelmed a pedestrian gate and advanced toward the Capitol building, dismantling barricades along the way. Both were among the first to get past various barricades on the west side of the Capitol building. At one point, Loehrke shouted, “Don’t back down, patriots!”
Loehrke and Haffner moved to the east side of the Capitol and participated in dismantling and moving police barricades that protected the restricted area on that side of the building. Both defendants then climbed the stairs on the Capitol’s east side and headed to the Columbus Doors. Once there, Haffner raised his hand and sprayed an aerosol substance at U.S. Capitol Police officers who were trying to guard the doors. Shortly after Haffner sprayed officers, rioters breached the doors and entered the Capitol. Once inside, Loehrke is captured on video and still photos in a confrontation with police and also inside a Senate office.
They were fighting inside the Capitol and out…
James Haffner, 53, is charged with obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder, unlawful entry on restricted buildings or grounds, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers or employees. Read the federal statement of offense here.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation received a tip two days after the riot that reportedly showed a screenshot of Haffner’s Facebook account, helping in his identification when investigators sifted through thousands of images and videos of the riot. They also used Haffner’s South Dakota driver’s license photograph.
At the time of the riot, Haffner reportedly lived in the Seattle, Wash., area but then moved to Sturgis. He was arrested Wednesday in Pennington County, making his initial court appearance later that day.
There’s solid evidence of coordination…
According to court documents, Ronald Vincent Loehrke, a 30-year-old Hall County resident, is accused of civil disorder and entering a restricted area. Loehrke’s and his co-defendant, 53-year-old James Haffner of Rapid City, S.D., also are accused of entering the Capitol during the riot and conflicting with police. Both men lived in the Seattle, Wash., area at the time of the riot.
According to prosecutors, Loehrke and Haffner marched to the doors on the Capitol’s east side, where Haffner allegedly “sprayed an aerosol substance at U.S. Capitol Police officers who were trying to guard the doors.” Once rioters breached the doors, prosecutors say Loehrke was caught on video and in still photos “in a confrontation with police” inside the office of Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon.
Authorities also claim Loehrke coordinated with Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean in the days before the riot and promised to bring three “bad mother (expletives)” with him to Washington. Nordean, who faces separate charges related to the riot, allegedly texted Loehrke that he wanted him “on the front line” with him.
The FBI continues to seek the public’s assistance in identifying individuals who participated in unlawful conduct during the Capitol Insurrection. New images are added frequently…
If you have information about individuals who participated in unlawful actions at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or leave a tip online. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI here.
If you just can’t get enough information about the terrorists who tried to usurp our democracy, then these links are for you…
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