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Ethan Nordean biography: 13 things about US Capitol rioter from Auburn, Washington


Ethan Nordean is a white man from Washington, United States who also goes by Rufio Panman. He and his wife have one child together and they live in Auburn, King County, Washington.

Nordean is the self-described sergeant of arms of the Proud Boys chapter in Seattle, Washington. Here are 13 more things about him:

Ethan Nordean (©US Department of Justice)
Ethan Nordean (©US Department of Justice)
  1. He is a bodybuilder. He used to sell protein powder through Bangarang Elite Supplements, a business that has been dissolved. (a)
  2. In 2017, he started showing up at rallies in Seattle and Portland staged by the Patriot Prayer, a far-right group. (a)
  3. In June 2018, he punched and knocked out an activist who swung a baton at him at a Proud Boys rally in Portland, Oregon. He was named Proud Boy of the Week” and landed a guest spot on “InfoWars” by rightist conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. (a)
  4. His father Michael Nordean owns and runs two restaurants namely Wally’s Chowder House in Des Moines and Wally’s Drive-In in Buckley. In June 2020, Michael stated that his son no longer worked for their restaurants and his beliefs were misguided. (a)
  5. On December 27, 2020, he wrote on Parler, “Anyone looking to help us with safety/protective gear, or communications equipment it would be much appreciated, things have gotten more dangerous for us this past year, anything helps.” He linked the post to a fundraising site called Protective gear and communications by Rufio Panman. (b)
  6. He was allegedly ready to step in and lead after Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio‘s arrest on January 4, 2021. That day, he posted a link on Parler that allowed users to access an episode of his podcast titled “Rebel Talk with Rufio.” On January 5, 2021, he wrote on Parler, “It is apparent now more than ever, that if you are a patriot, you will be targeted and they will come after you, funny thing is that they don’t realize is, is we are coming for them. You’ve chosen your side, black and yellow teamed with red, white and blue against everyone else.” (b)(c)
  7. He was one of the Proud Boys members who 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. He was also seen marching with self-described Proud Boys organizer Joseph Biggs. (b)
  8. A Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui on February 2, 2021. (b)
  9. On February 3, 2021, he was arrested. He made his initial appearance via Zoom before Chief Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida. Represented by Corey Endo, he was charged with obstructing an official proceeding, aiding and abetting injury to government property, disorderly conduct and knowingly and violently entering a restricted building for his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. (a)
  10. On March 3, 2021, federal judge Beryl Howell ordered him released to home detention with global positioning system monitoring pending trial.
  11. On April 19, 2021, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ordered he and his fellow Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs be arrested and jailed. (d)
  12. On June 6, 2022, he, Tarrio, Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola were charged with with seditious conspiracy. (e)
  13. He was 32 years old when a jury in Washington, D.C. found him, Tarrio, Biggs, Rehl and Pezzola guilty on May 4, 2023 of seditious conspiracy. (f)

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


If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.


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