The leader of a militia group who’s been detaining migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border and who allegedly told the FBI his militia was training to assassinate former President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Democratic donor George Soros, has been hospitalized with broken ribs after being attacked in jail on Tuesday.
Larry Hopkins, the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots, was arrested Saturday in New Mexico and charged with possession of a firearm as a felon. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
“This guy is very high profile. So, if he gets put into jail and is immediately attacked after his first hearing just a few days after being put in there, can Dona Ana County correctional protect high profile defendants?” Hopkins attorney, Kelly O’Connell told Reuters, adding he didn’t know what led to the attack.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas (D) said Hopkins is one of several militia members seen on video confronting hundreds of minors near the border.
“This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families,” Balderas said over the weekend. “Today’s arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.”
Prosecutors said Hopkins has three prior felony convictions dating back more than a decade, including impersonating a peace officer in Oregon in 2006.