Prosecutors said Ian Benjamin Rogers was charged on Tuesday after he was found with five pipe bombs and other guns after authorities searched his business on Jan. 15. He had 49 guns along with thousands of rounds of ammunition, according to the criminal complaint.
Rogers claimed the pipe bombs were only for entertainment purposes and were not intended to be used against anyone.
But messages were found on Rogers’s phone showed possible threats against social media groups Twitter and Facebook, along with threats against Newsom.
“We can attack Twitter or the democrats you pick” and “We can attack Twitter and democrats easy right now burn they’re s--- down,” Rogers said to a friend. He claimed that “sac office” would be the first target, a reference presumed to be towards Newsom’s office in Sacramento, The Hill reported.
A spokeswoman for Newsom told the Los Angeles Times that the governor is aware of the arrest and is working with authorities in the investigation.
Rogers is now facing charges of unlawful possession of unregistered destructive devices. The charges carry a sentence of 10 years in prison and with a $250,000 fine.
Rogers also had a “Three-Percenters” sticker on his vehicle, a pro-gun and anti-government group. A “White Privilege Card” for Rogers was also found by authorities.
“I know that many extreme anti-government militias are populated by white supremacists,” Stephanie Minor, a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, said in the complaint.
Minor wrote in the complaint that he believed Rogers was also targeting the offices of Facebook and Twitter because both social media platforms had permanently suspended Trump's accounts in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.Follow the Official Rokna NEWS Telegram Channel For More and fresh NEWS.