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Joe Biggs biography: 13 things about Proud Boys organizer from Ormond Beach, Florida

Joseph Randall Biggs

Joseph Randall Biggs

Joseph “Joe” Randall Biggs is a white man from Florida, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He is a native of Ormond Beach, Volusia County, Florida. (a)
  2. He is a member of the Proud Boys and a self-described organizer of certain of the group’s events. (b)
  3. On August 17, 2019, he and Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio congratulated each other as they returned to the march starting-point over the Hawthorn Bridge as The End Domestic Terrorism rally at Tom McCall Waterfront Park concluded in Portland, Oregon, USA. (c)
  4. In December 2020, he was one of the Proud Boys organizers who started encouraging other members of their group to attend the protest in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. (b)
  5. On December 29, 2020, he wrote on Parler, “we will not be attending DC in colors. We will be blending in as one of you. You won’t see us. You’ll even think we are you… We are going to smell like you, move like you, and look like you. The only thing we’ll do that’s us is think like us! Jan 6th is gonna be epic.” (b)
  6. Wearing glasses, a dark knit hat and a blue and grey plaid shirt, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. That day, Donald Trump supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. (b)
  7. In an interview with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on January 18, 2021, he claimed that on January 6, 2021, the doors of the U.S. Capitol building were wide open and he entered without forcing entry. He said he had no idea who planned the insurrection. (b)
  8. An FBI special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather on January 19, 2021. (a)
  9. He was arrested in Florida on January 20, 2021, the same day Biden was inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president along with Kamala Harris as the 49th U.S. vice president. (c)
  10. He was 37 years old when he was arrested on January 20, 2021. (c)
  11. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with obstructing, influencing or impeding an official proceeding knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority and willfully and knowingly engaging in disorderly conduct to impede a session of Congress. (c)
  12. On the afternoon of January 20, 2021, he appeared  before U.S. Magistrate Judge Embry Kidd in Orlando, Florida. He was released, subject to home detention and allowed to travel to Washington, D.C. When asked about Biden being the new U.S. president, he said, “That’s the way it is.” (c) (d) (e)
  13. On April 19, 2021, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ordered he and his fellow Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean be arrested and jailed. (f)

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(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)

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