Pittsburgh Resident Arrested in ISIS-Inspired Plot to Attack Church; Spotswood Man Accused of Detonating Explosive Device Outside Apartment; California Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges He Planned to Kill Jews, Police
An Ohio man awaiting sentencing on state-level convictions in Virginia pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes for driving his car into a crowd of people at a white supremacist rally. James Alex Fields, 21, admitted to one count of a hate crime act that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and 28 counts of hate crime acts that caused bodily injury and involved an attempt to kill other people in the crowd, according to prosecutors on March 27.
A Florida man admitted in federal court to mailing a total of 16 packages with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to the Camden office of US Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and other Democratic figures around the country. Cesar Sayoc, 57, pleaded guilty to 65 felony counts on March 21, including using a weapon of mass destruction, interstate transportation of an explosive, conveying a threat in interstate commerce, illegal mailing of explosives with intent to kill or injure another, and carrying an explosive during the commission of a felony.
A US Coast Guard Lieutenant arrested on weapon and drug charges is accused of planning a domestic terrorist attack that targeted politicians and journalists. Federal prosecutors said Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, of Silver Spring, Maryland, is a self-identified white nationalist who began stockpiling weapons and researching information on members of the media and Democratic Party, including US Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, in 2017.
Authorities arrested a Roxbury (Morris County) man on February 4 who they said showed a homemade bomb to a woman before detonating it near a lake. Christopher Faschan, 31, faces charges of possession of an explosive device with the purpose to use it unlawfully, aggravated assault, and terroristic threats.