FBI Arrests Las Vegas Man Who Allegedly Plotted Attack On Jews, Gay Bar
The FBI has arrested and charged a Las Vegas man who allegedly discussed attacks on a Las Vegas synagogue and a gay bar.
The complaint alleges that 23-year-old Conor Climo had been involved with white supremacist groups, possessed an AR-15, and had acquired parts to make a bomb that he allegedly planned to use to attack Jewish people and members of the LGBT community.
“Threats of violence motivated by hate and intended to intimidate or coerce our faith-based and LGBTQ communities have no place in this country,” U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada said in a statement.
BREAKING / NBC News: The FBI has arrested Conor Climo, age 23, of Las Vegas Nevada for possession of an unregistered firearm.— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) August 9, 2019
He allegedly had an AR-15, rifle, and bomb making materials. He discussed attacks on a synagogue, and Jews. He drew attacks of a gay bar in Vegas.
Climo is alleged to have been “making Molotov Cocktails and improvised explosive devices,” and he attempted to recruit a homeless person to help him conduct surveillance ahead of the attacks.
Climo is facing up to 10 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.
“As this complaint illustrates, the FBI will always be proactive to combat threats that cross a line from free speech to potential violence,” Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse of the FBI Las Vegas Division said in a statement.
The arrest comes as the nation deals with increased threats from militant white nationalists. Last week, 22 people were killed, and 26 were injured in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso. The suspect in the shooting is believed to have published an anti-immigrant manifesto ahead of the shooting, where he referred to an “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”