Eduard Florea, 40, was taken into custody on Tuesday after the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force descended on his home on Elliot Avenue and 76th Street in Middle Village, Queens.
Florea is not believed to have taken part in last Wednesday’s insurrection, but had allegedly discussed plans for further unrest on social media, police say.
His arrest comes amid a crackdown by federal and local law enforcement agencies that have vowed to prosecute anyone involved in the violent siege that left five people dead.
Authorities have also been on the lookout for potential plans by protesters to disrupt Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.
Florea, who has been reported to have ties to white supremacist group Proud Boys, had allegedly shared posts online saying he wanted to travel to Washington with a group of armed protesters, CBS New York reported.
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Eduard Florea, 40, was seen with his hands in the air after being confronted by feds on the residential street in Queens in broad daylight Tuesday
FBI agents and the NYPD were seen on Elliot Avenue and 76th Street in Middle Village, Queens on Tuesday as they descended on Florea’s home
It is unclear where exactly he had posted the threats or whether he had managed to recruit participants for the alleged trip.
Florea, a father of two, has been charged as a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, the news station reported.
According to law enforcement sources, records show the man has threatened to kill others in the past and had been convicted on a weapons charge in Staten Island in 2014.
Witnesses told the news station on Wednesday Florea surrendered peacefully to federal authorities and was placed into an armored FBI vehicle.
Photos of the scene showed Florea with his hands in the air after being confronted by feds on the residential street in broad daylight.
Florea (not pictured) is accused of sharing posts online saying he wanted to travel to Washington, D.C. with a group of armed protesters following the deadly Capitol riots
Five people, including one police officer, were killed on Wednesday after an angry mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol (pictured) to protest Joe Biden’s election victory
‘They took him out, his wife, two children and we saw weapons come out and some laptops,’ neighbor Larry Gianbalvo told the news outlet.
‘I’m not a weapons expert. They weren’t small. They were fairly big.’
Neighbors described Florea as a ‘loner’ and a ‘big tech guy’ who worked with computers.
‘He was a quiet guy,’ neighbor Jackelyn told the New York Daily News. ‘Didn’t socialize much, always stayed to himself.’
Florea is expected to be arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court later Wednesday afternoon.
The Secret Service, FBI and the National Guard are among 50 agencies and private companies that have formed a ‘Multi-Agency Command Center (MACC)’ to fortify Washington, D.C. ahead of next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden
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