FBI arrests Proud Boys member in NYC over Capitol threats

FBI agents arrested a New York City man Tuesday evening, searching his home after the convicted felon allegedly made online threats about traveling to Washington, D.C., to carry out further violence in the days after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building during the official certification of Electoral College votes a week ago.

The suspect, identified as Eduard Florea, was arrested at his home in Middle Village, Queens, and is expected to appear virtually in federal court in Brooklyn at 2 p.m. Wednesday, a law enforcement source confirmed to Fox News.

He is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition. Florea has described himself as a member of the Proud Boys, New York Daily News reported.

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Florea is not believed to have been at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 during the violent protests that resulted in the deaths of at least five people, WNBC reported. In the days since the insurrection, Florea allegedly posted messages online threatening to lead an armed caravan to D.C., according to the station. The presidential inauguration is exactly a week away.

The criminal complaint detailing the allegations against him remained sealed as of Wednesday morning.

Investigators with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, as well as its partners with the New York Police Department, were at the scene Tuesday searching the home near Elliot Avenue and 76th Street, WNBC reported.

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In 2014, Florea was previously convicted on weapons-related charges after police found more than two dozen weapons in his possession on Staten Island, a law enforcement source told the station.

Fox News learned that another man identified as Will Pepe, from Beacon, N.Y., was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday. Pepe, an employee of the Metro-North commuter railroad, faces charges alleging he participated in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He will make an initial court appearance in White Plains Wednesday, according to the U. S. District Court Southern District of New York.

Another New Yorker, who is the son of a prominent Brooklyn Supreme Court judge, was arrested by the FBI Tuesday and is charged in connection with the Capitol riot. He was released that same day on $100,000 bond.

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