Five men have been arrested in New York after being caught on video singling out and attacking protesters Friday last week during Proud Boys-led violence.
Among them is 41-year-old Irvin Antillon of Queens, New York, who is a member of the primarily Latino ultranationalist skinhead crew B49, or “Batallon (Battalion) 49.” Antillon also attended the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville as a member of the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, which has been called the “tactical defense arm” of the Proud Boys.
Also in custody according to New York City police are 40-year-old Douglas Lennan of Northport, New York, 26-year-old Maxwell Hare of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 38-year-old Geoffrey Young and John Kinsman, no age available.
Antillon, Lennan and Hare are charged with riot and assault.
Additionally, Hare faces charges of gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Young is charged with riot and attempted assault. Kinsman is charged with attempted gang assault, attempted assault, riot and criminal possession of a weapon.
Police say all five took part in attacks after Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes finished speaking at the Metropolitan Republican Club located on the Upper East Side in New York.
Present that night were the Proud Boys and two members of 211 Bootboys, an ultranationalist far-right skinhead crew based mostly in the New York metropolitan area.
The Proud Boys have repeatedly engaged in violence against their political opponents. In the Pacific Northwest, multiple members of the Proud Boys have been celebrated for assaults, and the highest “degree” of Proud Boy membership is awarded to those who have fought with a left-wing protester.
At the time of the assault, Antillon’s full name was unknown, and SPLC identified him only as “Irv.” Police records appear to confirm earlier identifications that circulated online following the assault that reported Irv’s full name as Irvin Antillon.
McInnes has pledged to facilitate the surrender of eight people wanted by authorities, but he has yet to fully follow through on that promise. It is unclear if the arrests announced Monday were because the men surrendered or police tracked them down.
Two other members of the 211 Bootboys, Joe Bola (an online alias) and Dennis Davila, were also photographed at the violent scene. Davila runs a hate music company called United Riot Records (URR). Bola was photographed wearing a URR shirt Friday night, as he was in May 2017 when he apparently took a photograph with McInnes an anti-Muslim event held in New York City.
Rachel Janik contributed reporting.
Screenshot from YouTube, Video by Sandi Bachom