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FBI says Proud Boy tried to derail Jan. 6 investigating by menacing agent

A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly pepper spraying officers at the Capitol on Jan. 6, and who law enforcement officials say then allegedly made a menacing call to the FBI special agent investigating his role in the riot.

Barry Bennett Ramey, who officials say was affiliated with the Proud Boys, was arrested in Florida on Thursday, according to court records. He is facing charges of assault on federal law enforcement officers with a deadly or dangerous weapon; obstructing law enforcement; entering or remaining on restricted grounds with intent to impede; knowingly engaging in an act of physical violence while using or carrying and deadly or dangerous weapon; and an act of physical violence on Capitol grounds.

Earlier this month, according to the FBI affidavit, Ramey called the FBI special agent investigating his case and read aloud the agent’s home address. He then texted the agent the agent’s former vehicle identification number.

The FBI affidavit, which also cites “information FBI Miami obtained from multiple confidential human sources,” says that Ramey “was listed on a master list of Proud Boys members in Southern Florida.”

The Proud Boys are a group of Trump supporters who describe themselves as a group of “Western Chauvinists” and have a record of attending events where violence erupts. Trump, asked during the 2020 campaign about the group supporting him, told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”

Enrique Tarrio, the former chairman of the Proud Boys, is facing federal charges in connection with planning the attack.

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