Three Virginia men have been arrested after allegedly plotting to commit a string of violent crimes meant to start a “race war” in the United States according to WTVR.
The plot which included plans to bomb black churches and synagogues, fill a local jewelry store owner, rob an armored car and kill a gun store owner in Oklahoma was foiled by federal agents.
According to federal court documents obtained by WTVR, the men were plotting to cause havoc in order to start a “race war.”
The three men arrested Robert Doyle, Ronald Beasley Chaney and Charles Halderman are all white.
Federal agents arrested the men early on Sunday morning in a Chesterfield County, VA home.
“I walked to the end of the cul-de-sac, and saw 15 police cars, marked and unmarked, and K-9’s searching,” a witness of the arrest told WTVR. “There were people wearing camo and carrying big weapons.”
Fears about a race war in America have been around since before the founding of the republic. But in recent months, the term has come up more an more in media reports after the killing of 9 African-American parishioners of a well known black church in Charleston, SC.
The head of a local Baptist Church was alarmed by the plot.
“It’s a shame you can’t worship your god in peace,” Rodney Clarke told the television station. “You try to have your focus on him, but you have to worry about what’s coming through the door.”
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