‘Proud Boys member’, 40, arrested in FBI raid in Queens after ‘tried to organize armed caravan to Washington, DC’ after deadly riot
- Eduard Florea, 40, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Middle Village, Queens
- The FBI raided his home after allegedly posting plans to travel to Washington, DC with armed protesters online
- Florea surrendered to federal agents after showing up in an armored vehicle
- He has been charged as a convicted felon in possession of ammunition
- Florea is said to have ties to the white supremacist group Proud Boys and has been accused of threatening to kill others in the past, according to news outlets.
A New York City man has been arrested by federal agents after being charged with staging another violent attack on the Capitol in the wake of last week’s deadly riots.
Eduard Florea, 40, was taken into custody Tuesday after the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force came to his home on Elliot Avenue and 76th Street in Middle Village, Queens.
Florea would not have participated in last Wednesday’s uprising, but would have discussed plans for further unrest on social media, according to police.
His arrest comes amid a crackdown by federal and local law enforcement agencies who have vowed to prosecute anyone involved in the violent siege that killed five people.
Authorities were also looking into protesters’ possible plans to disrupt Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.
Florea, who allegedly has ties to the white supremacist group Proud Boys, had reportedly shared messages online saying he wanted to travel to Washington with a group of armed protesters. CBS New York reported.
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Eduard Florea, 40, was seen with his hands in the air after facing the FBI in broad daylight on Tuesday in Queens residential street
FBI agents and the NYPD were spotted on Elliot Avenue and 76th Street in Middle Village, Queens on Tuesday descending to Florea’s home
It is unclear where exactly he posted the threats or whether he managed to recruit participants for the alleged trip.
Florea, a father of two, has been charged as a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, the news station reported.
According to law enforcement sources, records show that the man has threatened to kill others in the past and was convicted of a gun charge on Staten Island in 2014.
Witnesses told the news station on Wednesday that Florea surrendered peacefully to federal authorities and was placed in an armored FBI vehicle.
Photos of the scene obtained by CBS showed Florea with his hands in the air after being confronted by the FBI on the residential street in broad daylight.
Florea (not pictured) is accused of sharing messages online saying he wanted to travel to Washington, DC with a group of armed protesters after the deadly Capitol riots
Five people, including a police officer, were murdered on Wednesday after an angry mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol (pictured) to protest Joe Biden’s election victory
“They took him, his wife, two children and we saw guns and some laptops come out,” neighbor Larry Gianbalvo told the news broadcast.
‘I am not a weapons expert. They were not small. They were quite large. ‘
Neighbors called Florea a ‘loner’ and a ‘big tech’ who worked with computers.
“He was a quiet guy,” said neighbor Jackelyn New York Daily News. “He didn’t close much, always kept to himself.”
Florea is expected to be indicted in the Brooklyn Federal Court later Wednesday.
The Secret Service, the FBI and the National Guard are among the 50 agencies and private companies that have formed a Multi-Agency Command Center (MACC) to bolster Washington, DC ahead of next week’s inauguration of the President-elect Joe Biden.