California militia attempted to thwart kill probe

San Francisco (AP) —Four members of the California militia group associated with the rebel “Boogaloo” movement are guilty of conspiracy to disrupt justice in connection with plans to destroy records related to last year’s Auckland killing Was charged with. Injuries to Federal Protective Service officers and his partners, the US Department of Justice said.

The man was accused of colluding to destroy communications and other records regarding May 29, 2020, killing federal guard David Patrick Underwood and guarding Oakland’s Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building. I tried to kill his partner.

Police officers were shot dead while a large-scale demonstration of George Floyd’s police killing in Minneapolis was underway nearby. The prosecutor said the Air Force staff sergeant. Stephen Carrillo, 32, shot Underwood deadly and injured his partner. They said Carrillo used the protest as a cover for crime and his escape. Carrillo pleaded not guilty.

A few days later, Carilo, associated with the “Boogaloo” movement, ambushed and killed a California Sheriff’s adjutant, injuring four other policemen in Santa Cruz County, officials said. Carrillo is waiting for a trail on suspicion of attempted murder and attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty.

The man charged on Friday is Jesse Alexander Rush, 29, from Turlock, California. Robert Jesus Blancas, a temporary resident of the Bay Area, 33 years old. Simon Sage Ybarra, 23, Los Gatos, California. Kenny Matthew Micksh, San Lorenzo, California, 21 years old.

The indictment is a member of the Grizzly Scout, a Northern California-based militia group, with Rush, Blancas, Ibarra, and Mikush, along with Carilo, connected through a Facebook group and meet regularly for firearm training. Claims to have been.

Boogaloo supporters are part of a loose rebel movement. This name is a slang term for the sequel, in this case a reference to the Second American Civil War.

According to the indictmentMembers of Grizzly Scouts, including Rush, Blancas, Ybarra, Miksch, Carrillo and others, used the WhatsApp group to contact each other on June 1, 2020 and June 2, 2020. Includes the killings of police officers and other law enforcement agencies.

Carrillo has exchanged messages about the WhatsApp group with other Grizzly Scouts and told the group on June 6, 2020 that they are preparing to participate in a shootout with law enforcement agencies. According to court documents, he asked other grizzly scouts to come and help.

The complaint immediately instructed Rush to “reset to factory settings” the phone on WhatsApp group Carrillo, and Blancas had a Dropbox account within an hour of the June 6, 2020 shooting in Santa Cruz County. Claims to have deleted files related to Grizzly Scout from.

The four defendants also allege that they each deleted the WhatsApp group’s communication record from their phone. According to the indictment, a message from Carrillo says, “I turned off the Federal Reserve.”

Rush, Blancas, Ybarra, and Miksch have been charged with plots that disrupt justice by destroying records, and by destroying records in formal proceedings. Rush is charged with an additional count of obstruction of official proceedings, and Blancas is charged with an additional count of destruction of records of official proceedings.

Thorny was scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday for a detention hearing. The other three men are under federal control. It wasn’t immediately clear if there was a lawyer who could speak for them.

If convicted, they could each be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine for conspiracy, sabotage, and destruction.