A California man allegedly built pipe bombs and threatened to “go to battle” against Democrats over former President Donald Trump’s election loss, federal prosecutors stated Wednesday.
Ian Benjamin Rogers, 43, was arrested on Jan. 15 as officers seized at the very least 49 firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and 5 “absolutely operational” pipe bombs from his Napa County house and enterprise, based on an FBI affidavit within the case.
Rogers, who owns an auto restore store, maintained that the explosives he built “had been for leisure functions solely,” based on the courtroom doc.
Nonetheless, textual content messages discovered on his telephone confirmed “his perception that Donald Trump gained the 2020 presidential election, and his intent to assault Democrats and locations related to Democrats in an effort to make sure Trump remained in workplace.”
“I wish to blow up a democrat constructing unhealthy,” Rogers allegedly wrote in one of many missives.
“Let’s see what occurs, if nothing does I’m going to battle,” stated one other.
“We will assault Twitter or the democrats you choose.”
One other textual content stated “considering sac workplace first goal,” which investigators interpreted as that means the places of work of Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom in Sacramento.
Authorities stated Rogers additionally owned a mock bank card that stated “White Privilege Card” and “Trumps every part” with the quantity “0045” repeated 4 occasions as a nod to Trump being the 45th president.
On Rogers’ car, officers discovered a sticker from the “Three Percenters,” which the FBI described as a gaggle “who ascribe to excessive anti-government, pro-gun beliefs.”
Authorities stated Rogers had a stockpile of supplies that might have been used to make extra bombs and manuals together with “The Anarchist Cookbook,” “US Military Improvised Munitions Handbook and “Do-it-yourself C-Four A Recipe for Survival.”
Amongst his arsenal was additionally a reproduction MG-42, a weapon utilized by Nazis throughout World Warfare II, the FBI stated.
“Rogers possessed home made pipe bombs and the supplies to make extra,” stated US Lawyer David L. Anderson for the Northern District of California.
“We draw a vivid line between lawlessness and our constitutional freedoms. We are going to prosecute unlawful weapons stockpiles whatever the motivation of the offender.”
When prosecutors filed the federal instances, Rogers was being held on $5 million bail on state unlawful firearms prices.
He now additionally faces federal prices of illegal possession of unregistered harmful gadgets.
His lawyer, Jess Raphael, informed the San Francisco Chronicle that Rogers was filled with “bluster and bandwagoning” following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and had an “alcohol drawback,” however was not harmful.
“He’s an actual adherent of President Trump. He’s a real believer,” Raphael informed the newspaper.
“When President Trump says they stole the election, he says they stole the election. Principally, regardless of the president stated, he parroted.”