A Queens man is in federal custody, accused of organizing a violent plot targeting the U.S. Capitol on January 7.
The news of the arrest comes a week after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on January 6 in a deadly riot that led to the deaths of at least five people, including an Capitol police officer. A second officer has since died of suicide, as did a protester who was arrested on Wednesday.
According to CBS New York, 40-year-old Edward Florea of Queens, New York, is being held on weapons charges after he allegedly made online posts encouraging people to arm themselves and travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend. Florea reportedly identified himself as a member of Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group.
Law enforcement sources also said that flyers encouraging an armed march on state capitols across the U.S. is circulating in New York City, but it is not clear from the report if Florea is suspected of being involved in their distribution.
“They’re openly advocating violence. That in and of its self is a crime,” security expert and former FBI agent Manny Gomez told CBS New York.
“All local, city and federal law enforcement should be ready, and on standby, and have a plan and have leaders that will enforce that plan.”
A LinkedIn profile indicates that Florea is a software engineer, but authorities have not yet provided further details about his identity.
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