Joe Biggs is known for talking trash he himself never seems to back up. Looking at the affidavit in support of his arrest, he will be one of the first yellow and black dominoes to fall.
After Proud Boy Joe Biggs was arrested on Inauguration Day for participating in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, an affidavit was filed supporting the criminal complaint against him by an FBI Special Agent who’s job it is to focus on international criminal organizations, showing that a wider investigation into the neo-Fascist organization is underway.
The agent’s affidavit, which was dated Jan. 19, the day before Biggs’ arrest, notes they were tasked to investigate the criminal activity that took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6, and also that they “have been the lead agent for investigations targeting global criminal organizations.” The agent’s name has been redacted. It further states that Biggs was one of the Proud Boy members organizing their attendance at the demonstration, encouraging through public communication for other members to be there and was identified as actively participating and giving orders in the march to and inside the Capitol. Indeed in early January on the now-defunct right wing website Parler, Biggs had written, “Every law makers who breaks their own stupid Fucking laws should be dragged out of office and hung.”
When interviewed by federal agents however, Biggs denied any knowledge of any plans to storm the building. “On or about January 18, 2021, BIGGS spoke with agents of the FBI after video emerged online of him inside the U.S. Capitol. BIGGS stated, in substance and in part, that he was present in Washington, D.C. for the demonstration on January 6, 2021,” the affidavit read. “BIGGS admitted to entering the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, without forcing entry. BIGGS informed the interviewing agent that the doors of the Capitol were wide open when he made entry into the building. BIGGS denied having any knowledge of any pre-planning of storming the Capitol, and had no idea who planned it.
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal published a video that after their investigation they say implicates the Proud Boys as key instigators in the Capitol insurrection, and it shows him amongst a crowd of Proud Boys and just a few feet away from Dan “Milkshake” Scott as he was being chastised for saying out loud, “Let’s take the fucking Capitol!” With seven members being arrested so far in connection to the events of that day, the video also notes they are the right-wing group that have seen the most arrests in that regard. T-Shirt printer and West Palm Beach, FL Proud Boy President Robert “Bobby Pickles” Piccirillo, while not saying outright if he went inside the building, seemed to acknowledge in a New Yorker article that they went into the Capitol as a unit. “We felt compelled to storm the Capitol,” he said. “There’s nothing rational about it when you’re caught up in something like that.”
Biggs, a former reporter for the right wing conspiracy theorist website Infowars, is known for communicating threats of violence on social media via videos and posts, generally towards antifascists. He has organized and participated in Proud Boy rallies in Portland, Oregon and Washington, DC, and along with fellow Proud Boy Ethan Nordean and Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, manage Warboys, LLC, based at Tarrio’s Miami, Florida address. On Jan. 4, two days before the insurrection, Tarrio was arrested and was charged with possessing two high-capacity rifle magazines, and burning a Black Lives Matter banner during the Dec. 14 demo. The D.C. Superior Court ordered him to leave the city pending a court date in June. On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Tarrio, himself a convicted felon, was at one time a “prolific” informant for the FBI, aiding in the prosecution of 13 people on federal charges in two separate cases, and helped local authorities investigate a gambling ring.
If convicted of the most serious of charges, Biggs faces up to 20 years in federal prison.