Police Thwart Bomb Plot Targeting Conservative Rally

Bomb Plot Thwarted at Jan 6 Justice Rally

(AbsoluteNews.com) – On January 6, a rally took place in Florida to show support for Oath Keepers member Jeremy Brown. The former US Army special forces veteran was arrested after he participated in last year’s January 6 event. Last week’s peaceful anniversary protest turned dark when police stopped a bomb threat.

According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, police arrested 22-year-old Garrett James Smith after officers saw him running away from the rally supporting Brown. Deputies found homemade explosive devices on Smith when they stopped him. The sheriff called the man a “sleeper,” saying he’s the most worrisome criminal because law enforcement doesn’t have any opportunities to “intervene and thwart their criminal activity before they actually act.”

Smith was wearing all black and a balaclava covering his face when he was stopped by police. The arresting deputy described him as a member of Antifa, a loosely organized group of anti-fascists. However, Gualtieri said he doesn’t have any information about the man’s ideology or what groups with whom he’s affiliated. He was carrying a piece of paper titled “direct action checklist” inside of a backpack that named a number of items he’d need including a gas mask, clothing, flammable rags and other items.

Police charged Smith with loitering as well as making and possessing a destructive device. He’s currently being held in Pinellas County jail on $300,000 bond.

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