Who Is Thomas Russo, 23? White Supremacist Patriot Front Leader Among Arrested In Idaho

Thomas Ryan Russo, 23, of Grapevine, Texas, was among those arrested on misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot. He was identified as the white supremacist Patriot Front leader.


The Southern Poverty Law Center characterized him as a 23-year-old who created the group “Patriot Front” after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

These are the faces and names of the members of the neo-nazi cult Patriot Front who were arrested yesterday in Idaho for conspiring to riot at a Pride event. Full size images (and the guy who didn’t fit neatly in collages) in the Facebook link. https://t.co/3yeLnXvQuR https://t.co/hghiYx3zLY

Officers received information that people were loading into a “little army” U-Haul vehicle at a hotel car park in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and arrested Patriot Front members, according to police.


Thomas Russo Photos, Charges & Mugshots

Thomas Russo along with 30 others, who were arrested in Idaho, has been charged with misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot. His photos and mugshots have been released by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.


According to videos of the arrests shared by police and on social media, the group gathered to riot around the small northern Idaho town, wearing Patriot front patches and insignia on their hats, as well as some T-shirts that stated: “Reclaim America.”

According to George Washington University researcher John Lewis, who specializes in domestic violent extremism, the Patriot Front is a white supremacist neo-Nazi organization whose members see black Americans, Jews, and LGBTQ persons as adversaries.


Where Is Thomas Russo From?

Thomas Ryan Russo is from Grapevine, Texas. He founded the white supremacist group “Patriot Front” after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

Police discovered riot gear, a smoke grenade, shin guards, and shields inside a van near a park where the North Idaho Pride Alliance was conducting a Pride at Park event in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday. Chief Lee White of the Alene Police Department stated.


At least 11 states, including Washington, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Wyoming, Virginia, and Arkansas, were among those detained.