31 Members Of Neo-Nazi Group Patriot Front Arrested For Planning To Riot At Idaho Pride Event

31 members of the neo-Nazi group Patriot Front were arrested in Idaho after planning to riot at a Pride in the Park event.
(images via Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office)

More information has been released about the 31 members of a neo-Nazi group called Patriot Front who were arrested in Idaho on Saturday for allegedly planning to riot at a local Pride event.

Police were tipped off by a local resident who called 911 about a group dressed like a “little army” getting into a moving truck in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

The large group was seen piling into a U-Haul with riot gear at a hotel said the 911 caller. Within 10 minutes of the call, the truck was pulled over and and the gang was arrested, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said.

The group was headed to a Pride in the Park event at Coeur d’Alene City Park, police said. The event included a Pride walk and performances by local musicians, dancers and drag artists.

CNN reports the 31 suspects were charged with misdemeanor conspiracy to riot. According to a booking summary from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, all 31 individuals were from outside the local and only two are Idaho residents.

The group was dressed similarly, wearing khaki pants, blue shirts, hats and masks, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said. They were also equipped with “shields, shin guards and other riot gear,” along with papers White described as “similar to an operations plan that a police or military group would put together for an event.”

“It is clear to us, based on the gear that the individuals had with them, the stuff they had in their possession in the U-Haul with them, along with paperwork that was seized from them, that they came to riot downtown,” White said.

They will all return to court at a later date. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office released the names and photos of all suspects on Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office shared that the individuals came from a dozen states. Seven are from Texas, six from Utah, five from Washington and three from Colorado. One was from as far away as Alabama. The youngest is 20 years old, and the oldest is 40.

The men were released after posting bond. Read more at CNN.