Who is Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio?
- Tarrio was indicted in June 2022 on seditious conspiracy charges
- The 38-year-old and his co-defendants have been in federal custody for months
- Last month, a federal judge agreed to postpone a trial for the former leader of the Proud Boys
Henry "Enrique" Tarrio is an American activist and convicted felon who serves as chairman of the Proud Boys – a far-right, neo-fascist all-male organization accused of promoting and engaging in political violence in the United States.
Tarrio was indicted in June 2022 on seditious conspiracy charges, along with four other Proud Boy leaders, for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill attack. The 38-year-old and his co-defendants — Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola — have been in federal custody for months.
Tarrio, who is Cuban-American and of Afro-Cuban background, served as the Florida state director of the grassroots organization Latinos for Trump.
In 2020, Tarrio was a candidate in the Republican primary election for Florida's 27th congressional district, but he later withdrew.
According to a former federal prosecutor and the transcripts of a 2014 federal court proceeding, Tarrio had previously served as an informant to both federal and local law enforcement.
Last month, a federal judge agreed to postpone a trial for the former leader of the Proud Boys and other members of the extremist group. The trial was postponed from Aug. 8 to Dec. 12 after attorneys for several of the men argued that their clients couldn’t get a fair trial by an impartial jury amid the televised hearings by the House committee investigating the Capitol attack.
Tarrio was opposed to delaying the trial.
“Tarrio believes that an impartial jury will never be achieved in Washington, D.C., whether the trial is in August, December, or next year,” his lawyers wrote.
Tarrio was arrested in Washington two days before the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. He was charged with vandalizing a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Black church during a protest in December 2020. In August 2021, he was sentenced to five months in jail for the incident and on a weapons charge.
While Tarrio wasn’t in Washington when the riot erupted, authorities say he helped put into motion the violence that disrupted Congress from certifying Biden’s victory over then-President Donald Trump.