FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Compression Tactical Bra - Cheata Tactical
Patented technology is designed to provide the stability of 2-3 sports bras,...

Top News

Video: FBI Arrests SC Man Allegedly Planning Attack 'In the Spirit of Dylann Roof'

February 16, 2017  | 

VIDEO: FBI Arrests SC Man Allegedly Planning Attack 'In the Spirit of Dylann Roof'

A man with connections to a white supremacy group was arrested in Myrtle Beach, SC, Wednesday after purchasing a gun from an undercover FBI agent, apparently intending to commit an attack “in the spirit of Dylann Roof,” reports WMBF.

Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, from Conway, was arrested at around 5 p.m. Wednesday by the FBI, according to records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

On December 26, 2016, McDowell posted to Facebook a message: “I love love to act what u think,” followed by a link to the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, according to court documents. Horry County Police indicated to the FBI that McDowell had established White Supremacy Extremist connections while serving in prison in South Carolina for various criminal offenses. He also had tattoos indicating an affiliation with these groups.

On January 6, the FBI found a message from McDowell on Facebook Instant Messenger revealing that he requested an “iron,” a coded term for a gun.

McDowell first met with the undercover FBI agent on January 12. He discussed his beliefs in white power and indicated a hatred for non-whites. He continued: “If I could do something on a f****** big scale and write on the f****** building or whatever, ‘In the spirit of Dylann Roof.’” McDowell told the officer he had not decided on a place or time to conduct the attack.

The complaint states that on February 15, McDowell purchased a .40 caliber handgun and ammunition from the undercover FBI agent, and later that day was arrested. McDowell appeared in a federal courtroom in Florence Thursday morning for an initial appearance on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

DHS Awards Grants to Counter Terrorist Recruitment and Radicalization in U.S.
Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced the award recipients for the...
LAPD Officer Arrested, Accused of Sex with 15-Year-Old Cadet Involved in Patrol Car Joyrides
The officer is accused of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 15-year-old cadet...
Michigan Airport Officer Fought for His Life During Terror Stabbing
"From what we can tell, he engaged Lt. Neville and just started to stab him," Miller said....
Jury Deadlocks in Murder Trial of Ohio Officer, Judge Declares Second Mistrial in Case
A mistrial was declared Friday in the retrial of former University of Cincinnati police...
Video: GA Sheriff to Reduce Sentences of Inmates Who Helped Medically Distressed Deputy
Polk County, GA’s sheriff said he plans on knocking some time off from the sentences of...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine