Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Fed: Man taught officers to make bombs to target

The US Justice Department announced Monday that a North Carolina man who runs a company that “teaches military tactics to the everyday citizen” has been charged with making someone a bomb that would kill people in federal law enforcement.

Federal officials said in a news release that the allegations stemmed from an unidentified man’s visit to Christopher Arthur’s home in May, during which Arthur gave instructions to make improvised explosive devices.,

But Arthur had been on the FBI’s radar since at least May 2020. That’s when police found several tactical instruction manuals – written by Arthur – in the home of a man who was killed in a shootout with officers in New York, federal officials said.

The FBI said it had received information that the man in New York was “attempting to organize and recruit for a militia group and was preparing to engage against the United States government.”

“(T)hat man was stopped by law enforcement in New York and shot to death after a two-hour police search and exchange of bullets,” officials said.

The New York man was not named in the news release. But federal officials said there were three improvised explosive devices in his vehicle, along with three more at-home firearms.

The news release said that a review of the man’s cell phone indicated that he trained with Arthur at his North Carolina home in March 2020.

Arthur, 38, runs a company called “Tackleberry Solutions” in Mount Olive, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Raleigh, federal officials said.

Following the shooting in New York, the FBI “secretly requested a free PDF document” from Tackleberry in March 2021, the news release said. A short time later, Arthur indicated in an email that he had to keep some of the information “off the Internet because explosives are such a touchy subject.”

In May, an unidentified man was at Arthur’s home, where Arthur “explained how to properly put an IED through someone’s property … and how to avoid arrest after killing members of law enforcement,” Federal officials said.

Federal officials said Arthur provided his bomb-making instructions knowing that the man “intended to kill federal law enforcement who may come to his home.”

Following Arthur’s arrest, federal officials said they found several bombs and bomb components from his home, as well as a pistol suppressor and bulk gunpowder, the news release said.

“This type of behavior is criminal, it’s unacceptable, and will be prosecuted thoroughly,” U.S. Attorney Michael Easley for the Eastern District of North Carolina said in a statement.

FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Robert R. Wells said last year was “the most officers killed since the 9/11 attacks.”

“Law enforcement officers are being brutally killed in the line of duty at an alarming rate,” Wells said.

If convicted, Arthur could face up to 20 years in prison.

Raleigh-based attorney Damon Cheston, listed for Arthur in court documents, declined to comment in an email to the Associated Press, writing that he does not comment on pending cases.

Arthur’s company website lists “Kit Arthur” as its founder and CEO. It says that Tackleberry Solutions is “an educational company that teaches military tactics to the everyday civilian for civil defense purposes.”

The website gives an example: “A mob of armed demonstrators surround your home and try to attack your family. The 911 system is overloaded, your phone is broken, your car isn’t working, one of your kids is shot and your wife is in labor.

Arthur, citing his background, said that he spent 13 years as a “reorganization soldier” and three years in “law enforcement”.

A personal training page near Mount Olive asks the question, “Are you ready for battle?”


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