Federal officials said a leader of the far-right “Pride Boys” organization was shot dead in Wednesday’s riots and arrested while smoking in the Congress Hall.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement that FBI agents captured Hawaii’s 34-year-old Nicholas Oaks at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday.
He was charged with a misdemeanor of illegally entering a restricted building or ground.
Prosecutors used Oakes’ own social media accounts to prove that he was involved in Trump’s violation of the pro-Trump mob in the Capitol on Wednesday, when Congress was preparing to vote on whether to prove the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. The complaint cited his smoking selfie.
“Hello from the capital[sic] Laugh out loud,”
Oakes, the leader of the Pride Boys Hawaii faction, admitted that he was in the Capitol, but claimed to be a “professional reporter” in an interview with CNN.
He said: “We don’t have to break in, I just walked in and filmed.” “There are thousands of people there-they can’t control the situation. I’m not stopped or questioned.”
The complaint also cited a pro-Trump message posted by Ochs on the Parler app, which was popular among the president’s right-wing supporters.
Ochs wrote in November and also sent a tweet to President Trump saying he won the election. “They are getting more and more afraid, and they don’t work when they are afraid.”
The Ochs case is one of more than 50 cases related to Wednesday’s riots.