Sat. Apr 4th, 2020

Federal authorities over the weekend arrested a 27-year-old man they accused of being a white supremacist who allegedly planned to bomb a synagogue in Colorado.Richard Holzer had brought a knife and a mask to a motel room and was examining inert pipe bombs prepared by undercover agents moments before he was arrested late Friday night, according to a criminal complaint.Holzer is charged with attempting to obstruct the free exercise of religious beliefs with the attempted use of explosives. In court documents, officials called him a domestic terrorist and described his alleged anti-Semitic ideology and desires for a racial holy war.According to the complaint, Holzer talked in online forums about killing Jews and shared photos of himself casing a synagogue in Pueblo. He described himself as a skinhead, and shared pictures of himself with other social media users with guns and knives alongside white supremacist symbols, the complaint says.He also said he paid a “witch doctor” $70 to put arsenic in the water pipes of the synagogue and “hex” the place last year, according to the complaint.Domestic terrorism and hate crimes have become a growing concern for law enforcement officials in recent years as a number of high-profile attacks have left scores of people dead across the country. Eleven worshippers were killed in October last year when a white supremacist opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.Undercover FBI agents became involved with Holzer in late September and were interacting with him as he plotted the attack on the synagogue. In a meeting with three undercover agents at a restaurant in Colorado Springs last month, Holzer proposed using Molotov cocktails to destroy the Pueblo synagogue, according to the complaint.”I want something that tells them they are not welcome in this town,” Holzer allegedly said.

Federal authorities over the weekend arrested a 27-year-old man they accused of being a white supremacist who allegedly planned to bomb a synagogue in Colorado.

Richard Holzer had brought a knife and a mask to a motel room and was examining inert pipe bombs prepared by undercover agents moments before he was arrested late Friday night, according to a criminal complaint.

Holzer is charged with attempting to obstruct the free exercise of religious beliefs with the attempted use of explosives. In court documents, officials called him a domestic terrorist and described his alleged anti-Semitic ideology and desires for a racial holy war.

According to the complaint, Holzer talked in online forums about killing Jews and shared photos of himself casing a synagogue in Pueblo. He described himself as a skinhead, and shared pictures of himself with other social media users with guns and knives alongside white supremacist symbols, the complaint says.

He also said he paid a “witch doctor” $70 to put arsenic in the water pipes of the synagogue and “hex” the place last year, according to the complaint.

Domestic terrorism and hate crimes have become a growing concern for law enforcement officials in recent years as a number of high-profile attacks have left scores of people dead across the country. Eleven worshippers were killed in October last year when a white supremacist opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Undercover FBI agents became involved with Holzer in late September and were interacting with him as he plotted the attack on the synagogue. In a

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