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FBI Arrests White Supremacist Who Discussed Carrying Out New Zealand-Inspired Mosque Attack


FBI Arrests White Supremacist Who Discussed Carrying Out New Zealand-Inspired Mosque Attack

FBI agents arrested a 22-year-old white supremacist who allegedly discussed carrying out attacks in the United States similar to the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and then lied to the FBI agents about owning a shotgun.

Thomas Alonzo Bolin, a resident of Greece, N.Y., maintained a Facebook group called Odin’s Warriors that purports to combine worship of ancient Norse gods and white supremacist beliefs, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday.

Thomas Alonzo Bolin (Photo: U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE)

The investigation was prompted by Facebook messages exchanged between Bolin and others in the days after a terror attack in New Zealand on March 15, according to an affidavit first obtained by HuffPost.

The messages expressed support for the gunman who killed 50 worshippers at a pair of mosques in Christchurch and called for a similar attack in Baltimore.

Austin Witkowski, a cousin of Bolin’s, allegedly called for a reenactment of the massacre in the U.S. on Facebook Messenger under the name “Ragnar Odinson,” encouraging another Facebook user to buy guns, ammunition and food and saying he was willing to “do something as of next week” in Baltimore, according to the affidavit.

Bolin, using a Facebook account under the name “Peter Vincent,” allegedly exchanged messages with Witkowski praising the Christchurch shooting and on March 16 expressing frustration that he had broken his arm in a car accident.

When Witkowski said “there goes all that shit then,” Bolin responded “[o]nly takes one arm to fire a glock,” according to the affidavit.

When FBI agents interviewed Bolin, he said he wanted Muslims out of the country for “contributing to a corruption of his culture.” He then told FBI agents that he did not possess a weapon in New York, but upon searching the room he was renting, agents discovered a shotgun depicted in a photo on Bolin’s Facebook account.

Bolin was charged with making a false statement that was material to the FBI investigation of his potential involvement in violations of federal civil rights and firearms laws.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison if Bolin is convicted.


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