Three men accused of making Molotov cocktails had been planning to attack President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home and other targets during this weekend’s NATO summit, prosecutors said Saturday.
The suspects have been identified as Brian Church, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, New Hampshire; and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Massachusetts.
They are each being held on $1.5million bail. The trio is facing charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an explosive or incendiary device and providing material support.
During the Wednesday night raid, police seized four completed Molotov cocktails in beer bottles and weapons, including a mortar gun, swords, a hunting bow, throwing stars and knives with brass knuckle handles, according to law-enforcement records cited by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The suspects also had protective gear such as pre-positioned shields, assault vests and gas masks to help hide their identity during the planned attacks, prosecutors said.
Court documents indicate that authorities likely have audio recordings of the suspects discussing their plot, which allegedly included attacking other jurisdictions. The trio also talked about planned escape routes and held late-night training sessions for engaging in combat with police, prosecutors said.
‘The city doesn’t know what it’s in for,’ an undisclosed defendant is quoted as saying in court records.
Just imagine if these mutants pulled off a successful attack on Obama HQ or Emanuel’s house. How quickly would “right-wing extremists” have been blamed?