Four members of the “1st Separation, 1st California Grizzly Scout” militia group were charged with a conspiracy to thwart justice.
They have been accused of trying to remove information related to the death of a federal employee in Auckland.
The men charged were identified as Jesse Rush, Robert Blancas, Simon Ibara, and Kenny Micksh.
Four members of the militia group associated with the far-right Boogaloo movement have been accused of planning to destroy records in an investigation into an attempted murder in Oakland, California and two federal guards.
Jesse Alexander Rush, Robert Jesus Blancas, Simon Sage Ibarra, and Kenny Matthew Micksh have been charged with conspiracy to thwart justice. The Federal Attorney’s Office for Northern California announced on Friday.
According to the indictment filed on March 23 and opened on FridayThe four men were members of a Northern California militia group called the “First Separation, First California Grizzly Scout.”
According to the records quoted in the indictment, the group connected via Facebook and spoke regularly “Boogaloo” movement, Extremists often use to refer to rebellions against the government.
According to the indictment, Rush, Blancas, Tubara, Miksh and others referred to the “boom” when talking about the killings of law enforcement officers.
The indictment referred to the May 2020 shooting, and two federal guards were shot dead outside a federal court in Auckland. Mercury News As the Federal Protective Service. Dave Patrick Underwood died in a shooting.
The indictment alleges that members of the Grizzly Scout attempted to delete electronic data that talked about killing law enforcement officers after the shooting.
“The indictment alleges that Rush immediately instructed Grizzly Scout members of the WhatsApp group to remove the evidence on the phone. In addition, the indictment was issued by Blancas within an hour of the shooting at Ben Lomond. Files related to Grizzly Scouts are dropbox accounts. ” “In addition, within hours of the shooting, members of the Grizzly Scout, including Rush, Blancas, Ibarra, and Mikush, are said to have begun to reconnect to other communications applications.”
All four men can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine if convicted.
Two other grizzly scout members, Stephen Carrillo and Robert Alvin Justus Jr., have been charged with the murder of Underwood, according to Mercury News.
Carilo has also been charged with the shooting of Sheriff Santa Cruz’s sergeant. Damon Gutswiller was killed a week after Underwood.
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