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Genesee, Idaho’s Winston Durham arrested in Coeur d’Alene; Idaho National Guard notified

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Winston Worth Durham, 21, of Genesee, Idaho, United States is an Idaho National Guard cadet and a Patriot Front member. He is concurrently enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, USA.

If Durham successfully completes the ROTC program, he would become a National Guard officer. He had been awarded a scholarship for room, board, books and a monthly stipend.

Durham enlisted in the Idaho National Guard in February 2019. He is assigned to a field artillery unit. 

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Patriot Front

In May 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation started monitoring Thomas Ryan Rousseau, now 23, of Grapevine, Texas, USA while he was attending Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas. In August 2017, he founded a white nationalist and neo-fascist hate group called Patriot Front.

Members of Patriot Front separated from Vanguard America, a white supremacist organization founded in 2015 by U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dillon Ulysses Hopper, now 34. On December 4, 2021, Rosseau and more than 100 Patriot Front members marched in Washington, D.C., USA in an effort to “reclaim America”.

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Pride in the Park

Celebrating Pride Month, North Idaho Pride Alliance‘s signature annual event Pride in the Park was held in Coeur d’Alene City Park in Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho, United States on June 11, 2022. About 100 people participated in the Pride Stride march, which is part of the event.

Patriot Front had plans to riot at the event. A concerned citizen called 911 after seeing 31 members of the group piling into a U-Haul with riot gear at the parking lot of a hotel in Coeur d’Alene.

Including Durham, two of the 31 Patriot Front members are from Idaho. The other one is Richard Jacob Jessop, 21, of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Each of the 31 arrestees were charged with conspiracy to riot. They were all released after each posted a $300 bail on June 12, 2022.

On June 13, 2022, the Idaho National Guard was notified of Durham’s arrest. He has been barred from any favorable personnel actions pending the outcome of criminal charges against him.

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