COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – An Arkansan is among the 31 individuals expected to face charges of conspiring to riot after being arrested in Idaho.
22-year-old Devin Wayne Center of Fayetteville was among those detained.
His bail was set at $300.00 for the misdemeanor charge.
A U-Haul van filled with men in white masks and similar attire was detained by police on Garden Ave. off of Northwest Blvd., just a block away from the 6th annual Pride in the Park event Saturday.
Couer d’Alene police confirmed at a press briefing that 31 individuals were within the U-Haul, coming from numerous states including Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Illinois, South Dakota, Virginia, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, and Wyoming.
Those in the van were equipped with shields and riot gear, and at least one had smoke grenades.
In the briefing, police say they received several tips from the community over the course of the week of potential threats, necessitating the heavy police presence from several agencies in the downtown Coeur d’Alene area.
A phone call was received around 1:30 Saturday afternoon from a concerned citizen who claimed they saw around 20 people wearing masks jump into the back of a U-Haul, looking like ‘a little army.’
Around 10 minutes later, the vehicle was pulled over during a traffic stop, and the 31 people were arrested.
Interviews have not been conducted. More detailed information about intent and motives is unlikely to come before Monday.
As of Saturday night, all 31 names of those arrested at Northwest Blvd and W. Garden Ave on June 11, 2022, were listed on the Kootenai County Jail roster, including Patriot Front Founder Thomas Ryan Rousseau.
The full list of those arrested:
- BOYCE, JARED MICHAEL
- BRENNER, NATHAN DAVID
- BROWN, COLTON MICHAEL
- BUSTER, JOSIAH DANIEL
- BUSTER, MISHAEL JOSHUA
- CENTER, DEVIN WAYNE
- CORIO, DYLAN CARTER
- DURHAM, WINSTON WORTH
- GARLAND, GARRET JOSEPH
- HANEY, BRANDEN MITCHEL
- JESSOP, RICHARD JACOB
- JOHNSON, JAMES MICHAEL
- JOHNSON, JAMES JULIUS
- MORAN, CONNOR PATRICK
- MORRIS, KIERAN PADRAIG
- NORMAN, LAWRENCE ALEXANDER
- OLEARY, JUSTIN MICHAEL
- PRUITT, CAMERON KATHAN
- RANKIN, FORREST CLARK
- ROUSSEAU, THOMAS RYAN
- RYAN, CONOR JAMES
- SIMPSON, SPENCER THOMAS
- SISENSTEIN, ALEXANDER NICHOLAI
- SMITH, DEREK JOSEPH
- TABLER, DAKOTA RAY
- TUCKER, STEVEN DERRICK
- VAN HORN, WESLEY EVAN
- WAGNER, MITCHELL FREDERICK
- WHITFIELD, NATHANIEL TAYLOR
- WHITSOM, GRAHAM JONES
- WHITTED, ROBERT BENJAMIN
“They came to riot downtown,” Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said at a news conference.
Conspiracy to riot is a misdemeanor.
While the group’s affiliations have not been explicitly confirmed, police say they suspect ties to a group called the Patriot Front due to insignia on their uniforms.
Arraignments are expected to take place Monday.