DOJ charges 2 alleged to have marched with Proud Boys and led charge at US Capitol
The complaint against Loehrke and Haffner said they marched with Proud Boys to the Capitol and were among the first to overrun police on the building’s west side. It alleges they later moved to the east side and dismantled barricades there, helping the mob flood the area. When Haffner encountered police guarding the Capitol doors, he allegedly sprayed them with an aerosol.
Lawyers for the two men didn’t answer Fintech Zoom’s request for comment on Saturday.
Both men were released pending trial. A few dozen people with ties to the Proud Boys have been charged in connection with January 6, and some of the group’s leaders are currently in jail.
Loehrke is the first person from South Dakota to be charged with federal crimes related to the riot. The Justice Department has prosecuted rioters from 46 states and Washington, DC.