An accused Proud Boys leader from New Jersey took part in the January insurrection at the US Capitol — then boasted to his mom that he “led the storm,” according to federal authorities.
Shawn Price, 26, of Rockaway, was arrested Tuesday by FBI agents in Newark for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 siege as rioters sought to disrupt the certification of President Biden’s election victory, according to the US Attorney’s Office in DC.
“I led the storm!” Price allegedly wrote to his mom on Facebook, saying he entered the building after getting pepper-sprayed and shot with rubber bullets.
Price’s mother urged him to “get out of there” while telling her son to try washing his eyes out with baby shampoo to stop the pain from the pepper spray.
Court documents also allege Price held a leadership role in the far-right group’s northern New Jersey chapter and attended rallies and events held in Washington, DC, between November and January.
Price and another Facebook user discussed their affiliation with the Proud Boys in December and indicated he had a leadership role in his local chapter, a criminal complaint shows.
“I got ya north jersey is my area so I just wanna make sure everything is good,” Price wrote, adding that he planned to be in Washington on Jan. 6.
Price, who boasted that he had been named “vice president” of the Proud Boy chapter, was later identified as being at the riot thanks to a black striped sweater and New Jersey Devils hat he wore during Proud Boy protests in Washington in December, federal prosecutors said.
Price is also accused of messaging another person on Facebook about his actions on Jan. 6.
“We did it bro we took it the f–k over,” Price allegedly wrote. “We are inside the capitol now.”
Price, who made his initial court appearance Tuesday, has been charged with six federal counts including obstruction of Congress, which carries penalties of up to 20 years in prison.
A federal judge in Newark ordered Price released on a $100,000 unsecured appearance bond, the Daily Record reported. He was also ordered to wear an ankle monitor, which his attorney insisted was unnecessary, the newspaper reported.
“If he were going to flee, perhaps he would have fled as people in New Jersey were getting arrested for these types of offenses,” defense attorney Harley Breite said.
Price’s case will be transferred to federal court in Washington, where all of the Capitol riot prosecutions are being handled. He’s slated his initial hearing there next week, the newspaper reported.
Roughly 465 people have been arrested in connection to the Jan. 6 breach, including more than 130 charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement officials, according to the Department of Justice.