Police stopped a tube transport in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday and arrested 31 people inside who police say have ties to a known national hate group.
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) has released the identities of 31 people who were arrested in a U-Haul allegedly carried out Saturday afternoon in Coeur d’Alene, where a Pride event was taking place. wanted to start an uprising.
Several national news outlets are reporting that among those arrested was Patriot Front founder Thomas Rousseau. The Patriot Front is a well-known white nationalist group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Police stopped the subway on Northwest Boulevard near the skate park and Paul Bunyan after a concerned citizen called 911 and alerted them to suspicious activity.
In the back of the truck, police found 31 men all wearing the same clothing, including khakis, with navy blue shirts, beige hats and a white scarf covering their faces.
Police arrested the group and charged them with conspiring to organize Riot Saturday. According to the KCSO, all 31 men had exited the Kootenai County jail by Sunday afternoon.
In the rear of the U-Haul police, they said they found evidence of what appeared to be a homemade riot shield and some protective gear. Police said they also found at least one smoke grenade.
Those arrested came from 12 states:
- South Dakota
KREM 2 will not publish the names of the 30 other people arrested at this time in order to limit their exposure.
According to the Coeur d’Alene police chief, the 31 men had ties to the white nationalist hate group Patriot Front. Thomas Rousseau, 23, was among those arrested on the subway.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Patriot Front is a white nationalist hate group that split from Vanguard America after the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
During this event, a young counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed when a member of the neo-Nazi group drove his car into the crowd.
After this event, Rousseau founded his group in Texas, whose ideological beliefs center on white pride and xenophobia. The group’s manifesto calls for the formation of a “white ethnostate” in the United States, the Southern Poverty Law Center said.
“They came to riot downtown,” Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said at a news conference on Saturday.
Based on accumulated evidence and documents, authorities determined the group planned to riot in multiple areas of downtown, not just the park, White said.
This is an evolving story. KREM 2 will continue to track the latest updates.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/patriot-front-founder-among-those-arrested-for-riot-conspiracy-in-coeur-dalene/293-36b6ea29-5063-4306-89b7-106b8a6e6e28 ‘Patriot Front’ Founder among those arrested for riot conspiracy in Coeur d’Alene