Judge orders Central Florida Proud Boys organizer jailed on Capitol riot charges

Joseph Biggs accused of planning events of Jan. 6

In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, Proud Boys including Joseph Biggs, front left, walks toward the U.S. Capitol in Washington, in support of President Donald Trump. With the megaphone is Ethan Nordean, second from left. The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers make up a fraction of the more than 300 Trump supporters charged so far in the siege that led to Trump's second impeachment and resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer. But several of their leaders, members and associates have become the central targets of the Justice Departments sprawling investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, Proud Boys including Joseph Biggs, front left, walks toward the U.S. Capitol in Washington, in support of President Donald Trump. With the megaphone is Ethan Nordean, second from left. The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers make up a fraction of the more than 300 Trump supporters charged so far in the siege that led to Trump's second impeachment and resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer. But several of their leaders, members and associates have become the central targets of the Justice Departments sprawling investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A federal judge has ordered two Proud Boys organizers to return to jail after revoking their bail on charges in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Joseph Randall Biggs, 37, of Ormond Beach, was arrested Jan. 20 in the Middle District of Florida and is being prosecuted in Orlando on federal charges. He is charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, entering a restricted building or grounds, and violent or disorderly conduct, conspiracy, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, aiding and abetting and destruction of government property.

During his first appearance, Biggs was granted a $25,000 unsecured bond and restricted from traveling. He also had to surrender his passport.

Now Biggs will return to jail following a federal judge’s decisions Monday to reverse earlier rulings, granting federal prosecutors’ request to revoke the release of Biggs and another Proud Boys member, Ethan Nordean, of Washington state.

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Neither defendant had violated any conditions of release but Judge Timothy J. Kelly said, “I simply don’t know what I don’t know.”

Kelly explained his decision over nearly an hour and a half comparing Biggs and Nordean’s charges to trying to steal “the crown jewels” by trying to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power.

Biggs and Nordean are accused of helping to organize the attack and storming of the Capitol building on Jan. 6, according to FBI investigators.


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