Idaho State Police have identified more than 30 men arrested in a U-Haul truck linked to a Patriots outside an LGBTQ event

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Police have identified more than 30 alleged members of a group called the Patriots Front who were found packed in the back of a U-Haul truck near an LGBTQ event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Saturday.

Authorities said the men came from at least 11 different states, allegedly for rioting at the North Idaho Pride Alliance’s Pride in the Park event, before a guide reported seeing what looked like a “little army” logging in the car in a hotel parking lot.

Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspects as Jared Boyce, Nathan Brenner, Colton Brown, Josiah Buster, Michelle Buster, Devin Center, Dylan Curio, Winston Durham, Garrett Garland, Branden Haney, Richard Jessup, James Julius Johnson, James Michael Johnson, Connor Moran, Kieran Morris, Lawrence Norman, Justin O’Leary, Cameron Pruitt, Forest Rankin, Thomas Russo, Conor Ryan, Spencer Simpson, Alexander Seisenstein, Derek Smith, Dakota Tabler, Stephen Tucker, Wesley Van Horn, Mitchell Wagner, Nathaniel Whitfield, Graham Whitsom and Robert Whited.

Police officers are guarding a group of men, who police say are among 31 arrested for conspiracy to riot, and are affiliated with the White National Front group, after they were found in the back of a U-Hall truck near northern Idaho Pride. The Alliance LGBTQ+ event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, US June 11, 2022, in this still image obtained from a video on social media.
(North Country Off Grid / YouTube / via Reuters)

Idaho police arrest dozens of suspected plot to riot at gay pride event

Michael Keelty, Wagner’s attorney, told The Associated Press Sunday that the group is nonviolent and that members have First Amendment rights to free speech.

He said, “Even if you don’t like the speech, they have the right to deliver it.”

This custody photo provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office shows Thomas Russo, who was arrested on June 11, 2022, in downtown Coeur d'Allen, Idaho.  Russo and other members of the white supremacist Patriot Front were arrested near a gay pride event on Saturday, after they were found crammed into the back of a U-Haul truck with riot gear.  Russo, of Grapevine, Texas, has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the group's founder.

This custody photo provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office shows Thomas Russo, who was arrested on June 11, 2022, in downtown Coeur d’Allen, Idaho. Russo and other members of the white supremacist Patriot Front were arrested near a gay pride event on Saturday, after they were found crammed into the back of a U-Haul truck with riot gear. Russo, of Grapevine, Texas, has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the group’s founder.
(Kootenay County Sheriff’s Office, via AP)

Police also arrested Thomas Russo, 24, the founder of the National Front, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

The men were charged with conspiracy to riot. Police said they found a smoke bomb and protective equipment, including shields and shin guards, on the group. It was scheduled to be arranged on Monday.

These booking photos provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office show 31 members of the white supremacist Patriot Front who were arrested after they were found packed in the back of a U-Haul truck with riot gear near an LGBTQ pride event in Coeur d'Allen, Idaho, Saturday, June 11, 2022. Top row, left, Jared Boyce, Nathan Brenner, Colton Brown, Josiah Buster, Michelle Buster, Devine Center, Dylan Curio, and Winston Durham.  Row 2, from left, Garrett Garland, Branden Haney, Richard Jessup, James Julius Johnson, James Michael Johnson, Conor Moran, Kieran Morris and Lawrence Norman.  Row 3, from left, Justin O'Leary, Cameron Pruitt, Forest Rankin, Thomas Russo, Conor Ryan, Spencer Simpson, Alexander Seisenstein and Derek Smith.  Bottom row, left, Dakota Tabler, Stephen Tucker, Wesley Van Horn, Mitchell Wagner, Nathaniel Whitfield, Graham Whitsum and Robert Whitted.

These booking photos provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office show 31 members of the white supremacist Patriot Front who were arrested after they were found packed in the back of a U-Haul truck with riot gear near an LGBTQ pride event in Coeur d’Allen, Idaho, Saturday, June 11, 2022. Top row, left, Jared Boyce, Nathan Brenner, Colton Brown, Josiah Buster, Michelle Buster, Devine Center, Dylan Curio, and Winston Durham. Row 2, from left, Garrett Garland, Branden Haney, Richard Jessup, James Julius Johnson, James Michael Johnson, Conor Moran, Kieran Morris and Lawrence Norman. Row 3, from left, Justin O’Leary, Cameron Pruitt, Forest Rankin, Thomas Russo, Conor Ryan, Spencer Simpson, Alexander Seisenstein and Derek Smith. Bottom row, left, Dakota Tabler, Stephen Tucker, Wesley Van Horn, Mitchell Wagner, Nathaniel Whitfield, Graham Whitsum and Robert Whitted.
(Kotenai County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The entire group had gathered on Monday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office. It was not immediately possible to set dates for the suspects’ future trial.

The Anti-Defamation League describes the Patriots Front as a “Texas-based white supremacist group whose members insist that their ancestors conquered America and left it to them, and no one else.”

The Patriots are best known for their online presence and for organizing “blitzkrieg,” unannounced rallies in which members participate in khakis and blue or white shirts, often wearing masks, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The photos show that the suspects were wearing similar costumes when they were arrested.

Police officers guard a group of men, who police say are among 31 people arrested for conspiracy to riot and belonging to the Patriot Front, after they were found in the back of a U-Haul truck near a pride event in Cor d.  Allen, Idaho, US, June 11, 2022, in this still image obtained from a video on social media.

Police officers guard a group of men, who police say are among 31 people arrested for conspiracy to riot and belonging to the Patriot Front, after they were found in the back of a U-Haul truck near a pride event in Cor d. Allen, Idaho, US, June 11, 2022, in this still image obtained from a video on social media.
(North Country Off Grid / YouTube / via Reuters)

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Separately, police were also investigating a possible indecent exposure at the Pride in the Park event, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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