Astonishing photos show the moment an FBI vehicle rolled down a quiet Queens street to take a suspected Proud Boy into custody after he allegedly threatened to send an armed caravan to the US Capitol.
In the snaps shot by a stunned neighbor, a law enforcement agent can be seen emerging from the armored vehicle’s hatch with what appears to be an assault weapon Tuesday afternoon in Middle Village when the FBI showed up to arrest Eduard Florea.
“I thought this is like TV, like news clips, not like real life,” said a neighbor, who watched a swarm of federal agents descend on Florea’s home on 76th Street near Elliot Avenue.
“I heard a bunch of trunks slamming. Thud! Thud! Thud! and I looked out and s aw six Army and FBI guys with machine guns in fatigues running into my neighbor’s driveway. There was a tank parked in front of my house!” The startled neighbor, who did not take the photos, asked that her name be withheld.
Another snap shows Florea, 40, emerge from the basement apartment with his hands up in the air. Two minutes later, his wife and two terrified kids exited the home, eyewitnesses said.
Another neighbor, Wanda Gradkowski, 64, whose home shares a wall with Florea’s, described the shocking scene.
“He marched out with his hands up,” Gradkowski recounted. “There was no yelling, no loud talking, just one voice telling me, ‘Go inside and close the door!’ Then you heard that over and over because the neighbors were coming out asking what the hell is going on.”
She said Florea’s family was quiet, and he never gave any indication he was affiliated with the Proud Boys.
ABC News reported that authorities are probing his connection to the far-right group. He’s awaiting an appearance in Brooklyn federal court on one count of being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition.
He was busted with a cache of guns in 2014 and sentenced to one year in jail, according to the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office.