FBI agents arrested a 22-year-old white supremacist who they say shared video of last month’s attack on two mosques in New Zealand and who lied to authorities about possessing a weapon.
The feds say that New York resident Thomas Alonzo Bolin used a Facebook account under the name Peter Vincent and joined multiple white supremacist Facebook groups. He managed a Facebook group called Odin’s Warriors, the feds said, and his cousin, Austin Witkowski (who went by the name Ragnar Odinson) called for a re-enactment of the Christchurch attacks in the United States.
“Odinson further indicated that he was willing to ‘do something as of next week’ in Baltimore, Maryland,” an FBI special agent on the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Buffalo wrote in an affidavit. “Odinson encouraged another individual to buy firearms and ammunition, and food, and stated that he (Odinson) would travel to meet the individual the following week.”
The feds obtained Facebook records on Bolin and found that he wrote about the Christchurch attack suspect’s manifesto. Bolin reportedly wrote about “the invasion happening at the southern border” and the “destruction of our homeland by Islamic trash.”
Authorities say Odinson and Bolin exchanged messages about the Christchurch attack, with Odinson responding “Lovely” when Bolin wrote “Brugh dude killed 40 muslims.” According to Bolin’s messages, Odinson was arrested last month after getting into an argument with his grandfather.
Bolin also wrote to his girlfriend that the victims in New Zealand were “muslim rats they would gladly do the worse to you or me” and that it “does his [heart] good to see [them] run down.”
In an interview with FBI agents, Bolin said he wanted Muslims out of the country because they were “contributing to a corruption of his culture,” according to the FBI affidavit. He claimed he did not possess a weapon in New York state, where he had moved in May 2018. But FBI agents searched the room he was renting and found a red devil mask and a shotgun, both of which were depicted in a photo on Bolin’s Facebook account.
Read the FBI affidavit below.
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