WASHINGTON — A federal judge Friday told Nicholas Ochs, the founder of the Hawaii Proud Boys, that if he comes to Washington, D.C., again without prior approval he’ll be arrested.
Ochs, a former Marine who lives in Honolulu, appeared via teleconference for his first court hearing in the District of Columbia to face charges for his part in a Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead, including a police officer.
Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey modified the conditions of his release by including a “stay away” order that prevents Ochs from traveling to the Washington area unless it is for court business. He also ordered Ochs to surrender his passport.
Ochs is one of dozens of people arrested and charged by the U.S. Justice Department for taking part in the siege.
Federal prosecutors recently said in court documents that the mob meant to “capture and assassinate elected officials.”
While Ochs is not accused of any violence, he does face a misdemeanor count of unlawfully entering the Capitol where he posted video and images of himself smoking a cigarette and standing in front of a sign that said, “Murder the Media.”
Ochs, an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, ran unsuccessfully for the Hawaii Legislature last year.
He’s described himself as a working journalist who was covering the events of the day when a pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol in hopes of stopping Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election won by former Vice President Joe Biden.
Ochs is affiliated with an outfit known as Murder the Media that livestreams far-right content.
He’s also worked for Milo Yiannopoulis, a controversial right-wing provocateur, and posts regularly to Telegram as, “The Ochs Report.”
On Jan. 6, Ochs shared several videos showing him and another Proud Boy, who goes by Dick NeCarlo, roaming the Capitol grounds with the mob and boasting of delaying the certification of Biden’s victory.
“We actually stopped the steal,” Ochs proclaimed in one of the videos. “It may resume, but the steal is for now stopped. You’re welcome America!”
Ochs has also provided updates to his followers about his arrest and subsequent release from the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu after several days in custody.
He’s additionally tried to raise money to help pay for his defense while at the same time taking swipes at his perceived detractors.
“I realize my new audience this week contains boomers, feds, and antifa,” Ochs wrote. “Y’all will succumb to my natural charm here.”
A preliminary hearing for Ochs in U.S. District Court in Washington is scheduled for Feb. 5.
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