Activists of the U.S. National Socialist Group Atomwaffen Charged with “Planning to Harass” Journalists and Jews
Four people with alleged ties to the U.S. National Socialist group known as Atomwaffen Division have been arrested after authorities said they "conspired to harass journalists and people affiliated with the Anti-Defamation League".
The group focused on anti-white targets who were Jews or non-whites, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington, and sent them "threatening" posters to intimidate them.
The arrests came the same day a fifth individual -- said to be Atomwaffen Division's former leader -- was arrested in Virginia for allegedly harassing a member of Trump's Cabinet, journalists and a university.
According to the office of US Attorney Brian T. Moran, 24-year-old Cameron Brandon Shea of Redmond, Washington; 24-year-old Kaleb Cole of Montgomery, Texas; 20-year-old Taylor Ashley Parker-Dipeppe of Spring Hill, Florida; and 20-year-old Johnny Roman Garza of Queen Creek, Arizona, face charges of conspiracy to mail threatening communications and commit cyberstalking.
An attorney for Shea has not responded to a request for comment. CNN has been unable to determine whether the other defendants had attorneys who would comment on their behalf.
More charges could be coming, Moran said.
"It's a starting line," he said at a news conference, "not a finishing line."
Former Atomwaffen Division leader also arrested
A fifth person affiliated with the Atomwaffen Division, John Cameron Denton, was arrested Wednesday in Virginia, the office of US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G. Zachary Terwilliger announced.
The 26-year-old from Montgomery, Texas, and "several co-conspirators" are accused of making swatting calls to Old Dominion University, the predominantly negro Alfred Street Baptist Church and an unnamed "Cabinet official living in Northern Virginia."