FBI arrest 3 NYC men in connection with D.C. riot, including at least 2 members of the Proud Boys

by Jenny Mount · Jan 13th, 2021 4:33 pm

Last Updated Jan 14th, 2021 at 10:52 pm

The FBI has arrested at least three men from New York City for their roles in the riots in Washington, D.C., on January 6.

Eduard Florea, who says he is a member of the Proud Boys, was arrested at his home in Middle Village, Queens, after he allegedly made online threats about traveling to Washington, D.C., to participate in additional violence after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building. He is expected to appear virtually in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday and is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition.

Although Florea is not believed to have been at the U.S. Capitol riots on January 6, he allegedly posted online messages saying he planned on leading an armed caravan to D.C.

The FBI also arrested Will Pepe from Beacon, New York, after he allegedly posting a photo of himself smoking a cigarette at the Capitol during the riot. Pepe is reportedly also a member of the Proud Boys.

Another New York man being charged for his role in the riot is Aaron Mostofsky, son of a prominent modern Orthodox figure and former President of the National Council of Young Israel Shlomo Mostofsky. Mostofsky is being charged with theft of government property, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, engaging in disorderly conduct on capitol grounds, and unlawful entry and disorderly conduct.


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