FBI busts three self-described boogaloo extremists

FILE – In this May 2, 2020, file photo, people, including those with the boogaloo movement, pray as they demonstrate against business closures due to concern about COVID-19, at the State House in Concord, N.H. It’s a fringe movement with roots in a online meme culture steeped in irony and dark humor. But experts warn that the anti-government boogaloo movement has attracted a dangerous element of extremists. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

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The FBI took three former service members and self-identified boogaloo extremists into custody under domestic terrorism charges. A formal complaint on the matter was filed Wednesday.

The suspects, Andrew Lynam, Stephen Parshall and William Loomis, are accused of conspiracy to incite violence at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Las Vegas. They were arrested in the city with glasses of accelerant for molotov cocktails, guns, ammunition and fireworks.

Authorities caught the group as part of a federal sting operation in which an unidentified fourth person working for the FBI was able to tip off the bureau.

Officials said the group was looking to “use the momentum of the George Floyd death to hopefully stir enough confusion and excitement to begin a riot in the streets out of anger.”

The feds also describe the boogaloo movement as “a term used by extremists to signify a coming civil war and fall of civilization.” The group reportedly rallies around anarchy and seeks to overthrow the U.S. government.

Officials said the men used their military background to device their plans. The men had previously planned an attack last month, where they planned to use tactics from the Irish Republican Army Green Book to carry out their scheme.

Fortunately, however, that plan never came to fruition reportedly due to overwhelming police presence that day. The men are now being being held on a million dollar bond each and are awaiting trial in jail.

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