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A Florida Proud Boys member is accused of pepper spraying a police officer during the Capitol riot, and then threatening an FBI agent who was investigating his role in the January 6 attack.
Barry Bennett Ramey, 38, is also accused in Department of Justice documents of being a member of the South Florida branch of the Proud Boys.
Ramey was taken into custody on April 21 in Plantation, Florida – exactly one year after the FBI’s Washington field office first put out his photo seeking information in relation to the riot.
According the criminal affidavit in the case, Ramey is accused of spraying a substance ‘consistent with pepper spray’ in the direction of an officer at a stairway between the Lower West and Upper West terraces of the Capitol at 1:48 p.m. on January 6.
During the January 6 riot, Ramey can be seen on various videos that were posted on the social media site Parler. Ramey is wearing a black coat, a black hat with an American flag, a black gaiter mask with an American flag, he is clean shaven. When he removes his hat, Ramey can be seen with a buzz cut style haircut
Ramey was found to have left a review on Google for the hotel he stayed in the D.C.-area in January 2021. The hotel’s manager was interviewed as part of the investigation
After spraying one officer, Ramey then sprayed the same substance at another officer.
‘Both officers reported that the spray caused them to become disoriented and have their vision impaired,’ the Department of Justice said in a press release.
During the the investigation, the FBI agent leading the case gave his business card to an acquaintance of Ramey’s. The agent testified in documents that he received a phone call from Ramey.
In the call, Ramey said, ‘Is this Mr. Nougaret? And you still live at [your affiant’s home address].’ The affiant is the special agent leading in the investigation.
The documents state that a phone linked to Ramey was used in the vicinity of the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.
In addition, the FBI investigation found that Ramey left a review on Google for the Hilton Arlington hotel in January 2021. The hotel is located seven miles from the U.S. Capitol.
Subsequently, the agent investigating Ramey received a text message that included the agent’s former license place number. When the agent replied asking who was sending the message, the response read, ‘Check that VIN number. ;)’
The phone number in the text exchange belonged to a burner phone company.
Ramey’s name appeared on a master list of Proud Boys members in southern Florida, documents state. He joins a list current and former members who are charged with involvement in the events of January 6.
Ramey is one of the two dozen or so Proud Boys who have been accused of participating in the January 6 riot. Despite not being their physically, the group’s former leader Enrique Tarrio faces 20 years in prison for his alleged organizational role in the anarchy
The group’s former leader, Enrique Tarrio, 38, a resident of southern Florida, is facing charges relating to the organization of the January 6 riot. If found guilty on conspiracy and obstruction charges, Tarrio could face up to 20 years in prison.
Tarrio was already facing charges when the Capitol riot took place after he was arrested on January 4 on weapons charges. After being sentenced to six months in that case, Tarrio was rearrested in March 2022 due to his alleged part in the riot.
With regard to January 6, Tarrio is accused of conspiring to ‘corruptly obstruct, influence, and impede an official proceeding, the certification of the Electoral College vote.’ Tarrio is accused of being a member of a special chapter in the Proud Boys known as the Ministry for Self Defense.
While no longer the leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, above, is accused of being in control of a chapter within the group known as the Ministry of Self Defense
Around 24 members of the Proud Boys have been indicted for their alleged roles in the Capitol riot. The group has described themselves as ‘Western Chauvinists’ while in Canada they have been classified as a ‘terrorist entity.’
Another group with ties to the riot, the Oath Keepers, have seen dozens of members of their organization arrested in relation to the investigation. The Oath Keepers are described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as ‘one of the largest far-right antigovernment groups in the U.S. today.’
One member of that group, Joshua James, is accused of providing security to Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone on January 6, 2021. In January 2022, 11 members of the Oath Keepers were indicted for seditious conspiracy.
Ramey, circled above, is accused of harassing an investigating the FBI agent leading the investigation in a phone call and text message exchange
Ramey’s arrest came exactly one year after the FBI’s Washington office put out his image seeking the public’s help in identifying him
Ramey 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 a act of physical violence while using or carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon and an act of physical violence on Capitol grounds.
On the same day that Ramey was due to appear in court, two other men, military veteran James Mault and Cody Mattice, pleaded guilty to pepper spraying police officers, reports WUSA.
In a press release announcing Ramey’s charges, the DOJ said, ‘nearly 800 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol.’