KERR COUNTY, TX – A 28-year-old man was arrested earlier in May after authorities in Kerr County allege that he was plotting a mass shooting that was slated to be carried out at a local Walmart.
According to officials, the suspect was reportedly on probation at the time of his arrest.
Coleman Thomas Blevins, 28, was arrested after an alleged plot to carry out a mass shooting at a Walmart, authorities said. https://t.co/xRyLpqR3e8
— WFAA (@wfaa) May 31, 2021
On May 28th, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Operations Division arrested 28-year-old Coleman Thomas Blevins within the 1000 block of Junction Highway in Kerrville under the charge of terroristic threat to create public fear of serious bodily injury.
Blevins’ arrest was part of a coordinated effort between the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division, the Kerrville Police Department’s Patrol Division, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service.
One day prior to Blevins’ arrest, authorities had reportedly intercepted a message that implied Blevins was planning to carry out a mass shooting, specifically mentioning carrying it out at a local Walmart.
Investigators working with the FBI had confirmed Blevins “affiliation and networking with extremist ideologies” and noted that he was capable of carrying out these alleged threats.
Authorities in Texas believe they have thwarted a mass shooting at a Walmart. Coleman Thomas Blevins was arrested and a search of his home turned up weapons, ammunition and propaganda: https://t.co/HXbfBtJwX0 pic.twitter.com/thFGhwusEu
— Local 12/WKRC-TV (@Local12) May 31, 2021
After Blevins was arrested, a search warrant was executed at his home located within the 200 block of Spence Street.
Authorities reportedly seized the likes of firearms and ammunition, as well as what reports described as “radical ideology paraphernalia, including books, flags, and handwritten documents.”
A photo shared by the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office of evidence seized from the suspect’s home bore the likes of a Confederate flag, the Astany Black Sun flag and even the flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A handful of books were also seized, with the most notably concerning being a copy of The Turner Diaries, which is a 1978 novel that hosts a fictional blueprint for what was called the “Day of the Rope”, where white supremacists proceed to lynch “race traitors”, politicians and journalists.
Authorities say that Blevins was on felony probation at the time of his arrest, which prohibited the suspect from possessing any firearms.
Sheriff Larry Leitha issued the following statement in regard to the arrest of Blevins:
“This case reminds us that we need to always be vigilant. Many think ‘that can’t happen here’, and it was well on the way to happening. Our investigators did outstanding work in this case, and possibly saved many lives. The plot interrupted in this case is unthinkable.”
“We appreciate the assistance of all our law enforcement partners, including the FBI, DPS, KPD, and Secret Service. We’d like to remind the public – if you see something, say something. The KCSO, working with other law enforcement professionals, will continue to stop threats to our community, and bring those responsible to prosecution.”
Blevins is currently being held at the Kerr County Jail under at $250,000 bond. Federal authorities are reportedly also considering possible charges in relation to the alleged plot.
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In other news pertaining to extremist plots, a man in Cleveland was recently found guilty in a plot to ambush law enforcement officers.
Here’s that report from earlier in May.
CLEVELAND, OH – A Cleveland man trying to grow a militia movement has been found guilty of an attempted plot to kidnap and ambush law enforcement officers responding to a false distress call in order to start an uprising.
Cleveland man found guilty in plot to kidnap and ambush law enforcement officers via @MSN | #ambush #target #lawenforcement #police #violence #attack #highthreat #threat #threats #publicsafety #firstresponders #kidnap #CBRN #weapons https://t.co/hPKxnqOmNw
— High Threat Response (@HT_Resp) May 11, 2021
Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that a federal jury found Christian Ferguson, 21, of Cleveland, Ohio, guilty of two counts of attempted kidnapping.
Ferguson was arrested for plotting to kidnap and kill officers to draw attention to his up-start militia, called “75th Spartans,” and to steal officers’ weapons and equipment.
Attorney Brennan said:
“Mr. Ferguson devised a plan, and took steps to see it through, that involved placing a fake distress call to lure responding officers to the scene so that he could violently attack them, steal their department-issued weapons and equipment, and incite various militias to similarly attempt to overthrow the U.S. government and its institutions.
“Exploiting first responders’ most solemn obligation – to protect and serve – as a way of luring them into a violent ambush and inciting violence against our democratic institutions was cowardly, heinous, and, as Mr. Ferguson’s jury determined today, criminal.
“The community members who reported this plan, and the federal agents who worked to prevent it, should be commended for their actions. Lives were saved.”
— U.S. Attorney — Northern Ohio (@NDOHnews) May 21, 2020
FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith called Ferguson’s intentions “cowardly” and “despicable”:
“Christian Ferguson’s plan was to lure law enforcement to a remote location then murder as many as he could in hopes of starting an ‘uprising.’
“Mr. Ferguson then attempted to recruit others to assist him in this cowardly and despicable act. We wish to thank those citizens who advised the FBI of the hateful and violent feelings Ferguson held for law enforcement.
Ferguson’s guilty verdict will ensure he is no longer able to promote or commit violence against those charged with the solemn responsibility to stop it.”
The FBI began investigating Ferguson in April 2020 after receiving a tip about violent extremist posts in a chatroom. Investigators said he sought information on purchasing high-powered firearms and creating homemade explosives.
Cleveland man found guilty in plot to ambush and kidnap law enforcement officers https://t.co/yyxb7PO7Sf
— Mercer Co Outlook (@MercerCoOutlook) May 10, 2021
Investigators learned that he had talked in chatrooms of the gaming app Discord about killing multiple people and disposing of bodies, as well.
In a March 21 message, Ferguson reportedly wrote:
“If we can keep 1 or 2 alive to get answers great but it’s not an objective.”
The probe discovered that Ferguson was plotting to lure officers with false in-progress calls to remote areas where they could be robbed of their weapons and ballistic vests, and possibly killed.
According to a statement issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ):
“In March of 2020, Ferguson further discussed this plot in the chatroom in greater detail. Specifically, Ferguson’s discussed purchasing high-powered firearms, creating homemade chemical weapons, and leaving a “calling card” to promote media attention to his intended uprising.
As part of the plot, Ferguson intended for the ambush to gather significant media attention and to inspire other militia groups.
“Ferguson expressed an interest in a response by federal law enforcement officers to the phony distress call because he believed they had better quality firearms and body armor to steal. Furthermore, Ferguson made statements about tactical options for killing multiple targets and the disposal of their bodies.
Cleveland Man Found Guilty in Plot to Ambush and Kidnap Law Enforcement Officers: Christian Ferguson of Cleveland, Ohio, has been found guilty of two counts of attempted kidnapping. https://t.co/8vOLgfuLwj
— FBI Cleveland (@FBICleveland) May 10, 2021
Based on their investigation, federal authorities planted a “confidential human source” into the chatroom controlled by Ferguson. The plot grew, and Ferguson met with several “confidential human sources” on several occasions to discuss his plan and move toward action.
Ferguson engaged in practice drills with an AR-15 rifle and conducted reconnaissance in a “dry run” in preparation for carrying out his plot against officers, according to the DOJ.
Ferguson chatted that he wanted to draw attention to the “75th Spartans” by leaving a calling card at the scene of the eventual attack:
“We’ll just need to leave a calling card with the Spartans name. Once the media gets a hold of our card we’ll spread like wild and other militias will get up.”
Why no mention of this man's color? Was a white man planning a war on cops, or was a person of color perpetuating a race war?
Cleveland man found guilty for plot to kidnap law enforcement – https://t.co/NwPT8kOZMM
— hofcity85 (@619jmrig) May 8, 2021
Ferguson planned his “final play” for Washington, DC.
Ferguson was arrested on May 8 after taking affirmative steps toward killing officers. The DOJ described the incident:
“On May 8, 2020, Ferguson ultimately facilitated a hoax distress call within the boundaries of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to gauge response time by Park Rangers.
“Ferguson believed four federal officers arrived and indicated that if that many officers respond(ed) to the actual event, they would likely have to kill them all. Shortly thereafter, Ferguson was placed under arrest.”
At the time of his arrest, U.S. Attorney Justin Herman said Ferguson wanted to spark a violent uprising against law enforcement:
“Christian Ferguson was actively planning to ambush, kidnap, and even kill law enforcement officers in order to carry out his plot of a violent uprising.
“We must demonstrate that these types of threats to law enforcement or to commit such heinous acts of violence in our community will not be tolerated.”
Special Agent in Charge Smith thanked the public for speaking up and alerting authorities to the threat posed by Ferguson:
“The primary mission for law enforcement officers and special agents is to protect the public. Christian Ferguson’s primary mission was to kill as many law enforcement personnel as he could, an unfathomable concept.
“Thanks to the public for advising the FBI of the hateful and violent feelings Ferguson held for law enforcement. This information led to the swift disruption of Ferguson’s plans and his reckoning with the criminal justice system. Law enforcement reminds the public: See something, say something!”
Ferguson is scheduled for sentencing on August 27, 2021.
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