Police arrested a Florida man suspected of being a white supremacist for allegedly threatening to shoot up a Walmart. This just after a gunman killed nearly two dozen people at one of the superstores in El Paso, Texas.
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested the 26-year-old from Winter Park, Florida, on Friday on charges of making written threats last week to kill or do bodily harm.
Richard Clayton (allegedly) posted his threat on Facebook a day after a white supremacist murdered 22 people and injured dozens more at a Walmart in El Paso.
According to investigators, the post read,
“3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don’t go to Walmart next week.”
The FBI received a tip about the post on Tuesday, according to The AP.
Investigators also said the suspect “appears to believe in the white supremacist ideology and has a history of posting threats on Facebook using fictitious accounts” similar to the El Paso shooter, who police say confessed that he was specifically targeting Mexican people.
When police arrived at Clayton’s parents’ home, the suspect repeatedly asked an officer if he was Hispanic, saying
“they are what is wrong with this country. They come in and are ruining everything.”
Clayton is currently being held at the Orange County Jail on $15,000 bond.
Police arrested a 20-year-old man at a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, last Thursday and charged him with making a terrorist threat. Dmitriy Andreychenko said he was conducting a social experiment when he caused panic at the Walmart by wearing a ballistic vest and carrying a loaded rifle just days after two mass shootings.
Police also on Thursday arrested a 23-year-old Las Vegas man, who is now facing a federal weapons charge after authorities said he discussed making explosives and was planning an attack on a local synagogue and an LGBTQ bar. The Justice Department said Conor Climo promoted white supremacy and communicated with people who identified with a white supremacist extremist organization.
Trump blamed the El Paso attack on white supremacy, among other issues, though he has refused to acknowledge his role in promoting those ideas himself. A manifesto authorities believe the El Paso shooting suspect wrote echoed Trump’s own racist rhetoric.
These cases are the latest in a series where police have tracked down domestic terror threats.
FDLE arrests Richard Clayton for written threats after an investigation by FDLE, FBI’s JTTF, Winter Park PD.— FDLE (@fdlepio) August 10, 2019
Clayton wrote on Facebook, “3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don’t go to Walmart next week.” #SeeSomethingSaySomething https://t.co/Hm8BA6sgcl pic.twitter.com/7LAjVQq7aN
(Photo, screen grab; via HuffPo)