Authorities also claim Loehrke coordinated with Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean in the days before the riot and promised to bring three “bad mother (expletives)” with him to Washington. Nordean, who faces separate charges related to the riot, allegedly texted Loehrke that he wanted him “on the front line” with him.
“Sounds good man,” Loehrke texted back, according to court records.
Loehrke made an initial appears in federal court Friday and was released on $10,000 recognizance bond.
Since January, authorities have arrested about 675 people for crimes related to the riot.
Loehrke is the 16th person with Georgia ties to be arrested, but he only recently moved to Georgia, buying a house in May near Lake Lanier, according to property records. At the time of riot, Loehrke lived in Kent, Wash., a suburb of Seattle, but he is originally from Toledo, Ohio.
Public records and articles reviewed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution strongly suggest that Loehrke served in the military, which would make him a prized recruit for the Proud Boys, a right-wing, street-fighting group that is pro-Trump.
A record search shows a Ronald Loehrke with an address at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and a 2012 newsletter from the Marine’s 1st Marine Logistics Group based at the camp includes an interview with a Lance Cpl. Ron Loehrke, then 21, also from Toledo. In addition, records show Loehrke bought his home in Gainesville with a loan from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
In August, Loehrke registered a business with the Georgia Secretary of State called Warrior Ethic LLC.