Federal authorities arrested an upstate New York man Wednesday and charged him with coordinating with two other members of the far-right Proud Boys to break into the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, the latest alleged Capitol rioter to face conspiracy charges.
Matthew Greene of Syracuse, N.Y., was arrested by the FBI Wednesday and added to an indictment for conspiracy, obstruction of law enforcement and several other offences, joining fellow alleged New York-based Proud Boys Dominic Pezzola and William Joseph Pepe, both of whom were arrested and charged in January.
The indictment says Greene, Pezzola and Pepe coordinated to “stop, delay, or hinder” Congress’ efforts to certify President Joe Biden as the winner of last year’s election.
Greene and Pezzola used handheld radios and earpieces during the riot, and all three men stormed the Capitol near the front of a line between police and rioters.
Pezzola was also charged with robbery and assaulting or impeding a police officer, because he allegedly stole a Capitol Police officer’s riot shield and used it to smash one of the Capitol’s windows, allowing rioters to flood into the building.
Attempts to reach Greene were unsuccessful, and Pezzola and Pepe’s lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“I’m good, we took the capital,” Greene wrote in a message to a friend Jan. 6.
“His actions were deliberate, dangerous, and illegal,” Thomas Relford, the FBI’s special agent in charge for Albany, said in a statement about Greene’s arrest. “Now he must face the consequences.”
The Department of Justice has arrested and charged hundreds of people in connection with the Jan. 6 riots. Many of these charges are for relatively small crimes like unlawful entry, but federal prosecutors have also eyed conspiracy for people who worked together in groups to break into the Capitol. Conspiracy charges have hit several members of the Proud Boys, an all-male “Western chauvinist” group often tied to racism and violent street brawls, as well as some members of the anti-government Oath Keepers.
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Plea deals. Last week, a founding member of the Oath Keepers became the first Capitol rioter to plead guilty, angling for a lenient sentence in exchange for his cooperation with federal investigators.