FBI arrest Las Vegas man with white supremacy ties who scouted gay bar, synagogue
The FBI announced the arrest of a Las Vegas man on Thursday who has ties to two white supremacy groups and allegedly planned assaults inside and outside a downtown gay bar, a synagogue, and possibly other Las Vegas area sites.
During a search of 23-year old security guard Conor Climo’s premises, FBI agents discovered plans and materials for possible domestic terrorist attacks. Climo “used encrypted messaging to disparage Jewish people and members of the LGTBQ community, authorities allege,” the Las Vegas Sun reported.
The FBI said Climo had ties to the National Socialist Movement, a Neo-Nazi group that they say “encourages” attacks on federal government targets, minorities and the LGBTQ community. “Members believe in the superiority of the white race and have a common goal of challenging the established laws, social order, and government via terrorism and other violent acts,” The Sun reports.
“As this complaint illustrates, the FBI will always be proactive to combat threats that cross a line from free speech to potential violence,” said Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse of the FBI Las Vegas Division, in a news release.
“Threats of violence motivated by hate and intended to intimidate or coerce our faith-based and LGBTQ communities have no place in this Country,” said U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich for the District of Nevada.