Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday that the FBI and Michigan State Police have arrested a self-proclaimed leader and a suspected associate of The Base, a white supremacist organization. The suspects are related to the events in December 2019. The base allegedly targeted a Michigan family home and mistakenly believed that the home was a podcast criticizing the neo-Nazi movement.
Justin Watkins, 25, is accused of being the leader of the organization, while Alfred Gorman, 35, of Michigan, is accused of felony, including illegal Gang members, illegally posting information and using computers to commit crimes. If convicted, they will face more than 25 years in prison.
Prosecutors said a man and a woman witnessed two men in dark clothes glowing and taking pictures on the front porch of their Dexter home in Michigan. Allegedly, these photos were later uploaded to the secret chat application Telegram̵
Nessel said that the suspect intended to intimidate the podcast, and the purpose of publishing the news was to “cause behavior that makes residents feel fearful and emotionally distressed.”
Nessel said in a statement: “The use of intimidation to incite fear and violence constitutes a crime.” “We cannot allow dangerous activities to achieve their goal of inflicting violence and harm on the public.”
The prosecutor also said that Watkins conducted a “hate camp” against members of the base. The prosecutor said that he allegedly led the tactics and gun training of participants.
A few weeks before the announcement, more than a dozen militiamen who allegedly conspired to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer were arrested in high profile. According to the Detroit Free Press, five days before this, a man in Michigan stated that the authorities hated the police and were preparing for an uprising when they had a gun battle with the FBI while trying to arrest him.
Thursday’s arrest has nothing to do with the alleged kidnapping conspiracy.
State and federal officials announced charges against alleged members of the Georgia base earlier this year.The FBI saidIn the United States, including the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.