Three Nevada men with suspected ties to the so-called “boogaloo” movement were arrested in Las Vegas Saturday for allegedly planning to “incite violence” at a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd, federal prosecutors said.
Federal prosecutors say the three white men with U.S. military experience are accused of conspiring to carry out a plan that began in April in conjunction with protests to reopen businesses closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and later sought to capitalize on protests over the death of a Minneapolis man in police custody.
They were arrested Saturday on the way to a protest in downtown Las Vegas after filling gas cans at a parking lot and making Molotov cocktails in glass bottles, according to a copy of the criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on Wednesday, said the men self-identified as part of the "boogaloo" movement, a loose movement of right-wing extremists advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government.
Stephen T. Parshall, 35; Andrew T. Lynam Jr., 23, and William L. Loomis, 40, were being held on $1 million bonds each in the Clark County Jail Wednesday, according to court records.
Each currently faces two federal charges -- conspiracy to damage and destroy by fire and explosive, and possession of unregistered firearms -- along with multiple terrorism-related state charges.
It was not immediately clear if the men had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.