Two members of the anti-government Sovereign Citizens movement were arrested in Las Vegas after undercover officers unraveled their plan to kidnap and execute police, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Police arrested roommates David Allen Brutsche, 42, and Devon Campbell Newman, 67, on Tuesday night after a four-month investigation into the Sovereign Citizens movement.
The FBI Calls Sovereign Citizens “a growing domestic threat to law enforcement” and “considers sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement.” Sovereign Citizens, the FBI said, believe that federal, state, and local governments operate illegally, and members have been known to not pay their taxes, create false license plates, driver's licenses, and currency. Since 2000, lone-offender sovereign-citizen extremists have killed at least six law enforcement officers, the FBI said. In Las Vegas, undercover officers infiltrated the group and met with the suspects about 30 times since April, in the process learning of their detailed plans to “snatch and grab” random police officers, try them for treason in a “sovereign” court and execute them. The undercover officers posed as people interested in joining the group.