31 White Nationalists Were Arrested Near A Pride Event In Idaho

June 13, 2022

By: Matthew Burkhead

Thirty-one people linked to the white nationalist group were arrested near a Pride event in Idaho on Saturday in Coeur d’Alene Police, according to police.

The affiliated white nationalist group Patriot Front was booked on suspicion of riot, according to Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White who made a statement at a news conference. Thomas Ryan Rousseau who has the same name as Patriot Front’s Dallas-based founder was among the group in custody.

In recent days, White said police were made aware that a number of groups planned to storm Pride in the Park, an annual event highlighting the civil rights struggles of LGBTQ+ communities.

There was a report that tipped the police off about a U-Haul full of 20 people dressed similarly, wearing masks, had shields, and “looked like a little,” the chief said, quoting the caller who reported the suspicious activity.

Roughly ten minutes after the U-Haul report, police stopped the vehicle and 31 people were arrested.

Suspects resided in multiple states, including Texas, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Arkansas, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, and Virginia, he said.

"They came to riot," White said.

Without the citizen’s report about the U-Haul, the consequences could have been a lot more severe than what they were now.

The suspects, he stressed, appeared to have the necessary equipment for a disruption. "I don't think this [arrest operation] would have been as successful," White said.

Among the equipment found were a smoke grenade, several firearms, bear mace, and edged weapons.

Supporters on Facebook were warned on Saturday to “make sure to stay aware of your surroundings,” by the organizer of Pride in the Park, the North Pride Alliance.

It also thanked the community for a successful 2022 season.

These booking images provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office show the 31 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front who were arrested after they were found packed into the back of a U-Haul truck with riot gear near an LGBTQ pride event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Top row, from left, are Jared Boyce, Nathan Brenner, Colton Brown, Josiah Buster, Mishael Buster, Devin Center, Dylan Corio, and Winston Durham. Second row, from left, are Garret Garland, Branden Haney, Richard Jessop, James Julius Johnson, James Michael Johnson, Connor Moran, Kieran Morris and Lawrence Norman. Third row, from left, are Justin O'leary, Cameron Pruitt, Forrest Rankin, Thomas Rousseau, Conor Ryan, Spencer Simpson, Alexander Sisenstein and Derek Smith. Bottom row, from left, are Dakota Tabler, Steven Tucker, Wesley Van Horn, Mitchell Wagner, Nathaniel Whitfield, Graham Whitsom and Robert Whitted. (Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office via AP)