Feds Bust Gun-Crazy Boogaloo Boi Who’s in the U.S. Illegally
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Days before the trial of the Minneapolis officer charged with the murder of George Floyd is due to begin, the FBI has arrested a member of the Boogaloo Bois who tried to travel to town during the riots this summer, and has made contact with another Extremists had accused of attacking a police station there.
Jaap Willem Lijbers, 26, is an undocumented Dutch citizen living in Virginia whose investigators have joined the white nationalist movement that seeks to overthrow the US government by starting a second civil war. He was arrested on gun charges and immigration charges during a raid on his home in rural Virginia.
According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Virginia on March 2, Lijbers was a member of a private Facebook group that included Steven Carrillo, a notorious sergeant from Boogaloo Boi and the Air Force, who last June over a number of politically motivated individuals Was charged with killing police officers. Lijbers is also said to have had direct contact with Benjamin Ryan Teeter, a boogaloo boi from North Carolina who pleaded guilty in December for trying to provide material support to Hamas, and Ivan Harrison Hunter, a boogaloo Boi, from Texas, on riot indictment after shooting 13 shots from an AK-47-style assault rifle at a Minneapolis police station during the 2020 riots following Floyd's death when he was arrested by police had fired.
The boogaloos set up a large tent for right-wing extremist violence
The term "Boogaloo" refers to the title of the 1984 film "Breakin '2: Electric Boogaloo" to denote a continuation of the American Civil War that ended in 1865. The terminology has evolved over time and includes sound-like words such as "big luau". Because of this, many Boogaloo Bois have adopted the Hawaiian shirt as a kind of unofficial uniform.
Lijbers was first identified in July 2020 after the FBI opened a broader investigation into the Boogaloo Bois "based on information that members discussed the commission of violent crimes and maintained an armed presence on the streets of Minneapolis during the post-death riots George Floyd, ”said the complaint. Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with Floyd's murder, will be tried on March 8th.
The complaint states that the FBI used search warrants to identify a Facebook account under the name "Marvin Dorner" that was in contact with Hunter and Teeter. In a series of direct messages, Lijbers - under the pseudonym Marvin Dorner - discussed the trip to Minneapolis during the protests, it is said.
"I'm personally angry about it," Lijbers wrote.
"I'll be leaving NC as soon as my boys are gathered," Teeter replied. "We're connecting now."
"I'm in southwest Virginia," Lijbers replied, giving the town he lived in as Tazewell, a town of 4,200 people about 150 miles from Roanoke. “Where are you in nc? The cops are running out of manpower. And vehicles. "
Leaked chat logs reveal boogaloo fantasies of killing random civilians
The complaint states that Teeter was planning to pick up Lijbers the next day when he was swinging through Virginia on his way to Minneapolis, but Lijbers apparently got stuck at work. Although he couldn't join, Lijbers and Teeter stayed in touch for the days that followed, it explains.
"Hoodie OVER plate carrier," Lijbers allegedly advised Teeter, who was now in Minneapolis. "DO NOT get up. Civilian appear. Bring marshmellows for the campfire and spices for the roast pork. This seems to be a reference to the "big luau," a slang term for the second civil war on which the boogaloo movement is fixated.
In another case, the government said, Lijbers told Teeter to “bring the government buildings. All of them. ”For all his apparent enthusiasm, Lijbers still could not go to Minneapolis.
"I'm still trying to find a lift," he wrote to Teeter on June 1.
Lijbers then "turned" to take part in a local protest in Virginia a week later, the affidavit said. He was the only one there who was armed with a gun. He told Hunter that he "discussed his rifle with one of the police officers present and that he basically provided security for the incident." He sent Hunter a photo of himself with a sign that read: "THE BIG IGLOO BOIS LAUGHTER IN TYRANNY'S FACE" and followed up with the message: "I've shown this sign to every policeman." In another message, Lijbers sent Hunter a screenshot of a tweet in which he held a rifle in his hand at the rally.
Although Lijbers had enough tactical equipment to see the part a bit, its operational reliability was decidedly amateurish. In a follow-up message to Hunter, Lijbers reportedly said he would email him his real name in case anything happened to him.
"Besides my daughter's mother, you are the only one in this country with this information," Lijbers wrote.
In August, Lijbers attended another local rally and gave an interview to a local news station while weighing an assault rifle. Although portrayed as some kind of good old boy, a hint of Lijber's Dutch accent is evident.
Two “Boogaloo Bois” charged with conspiracy in support of Hamas
According to the FBI, Lijbers' Facebook page disappeared in the summer. He set up a new one called "Jaxson Lynch," a nickname he also used on Discord, a chat app popular among far-right circles. Following Hunter's arrest in November 2020, the government searched his phone's contact list and found a phone number with the name "jax". When the government investigated Hunter's phone further, they found a group chat that had been conducted through the Signal app that also linked "jax" to "Marvin Dorner".
A search of public records found no one named Marvin Dorner, who lives in Tazewell, or anyone named Jaxson Lynch in the area. In January 2021, FBI subpoenaed Facebook recordings resulted in the case being disrupted.
When analyzing a group chat in 2018 that the affidavit said was unrelated to the Boogaloo Bois, agents identified one of the participants as a local law enforcement officer. They contacted the unidentified officer who said "Marvin Dorner's" real first name was Jaap. The officer said Jaap was from the Netherlands and had a child with a woman named "B.K." in the affidavit. From there, agents could access a B.K. had previously rented and shared with someone named Jaap Willem Lijbers.
Another review of the Facebook records revealed the communication between Marvin Dorner and various people with the surname Lijbers. In a message, Dorner referred to the birth in 1994, the year of birth of Jaap Willem Lijbers.
Homeland Security Investigations agents then checked the U.S. immigration records. They discovered a Jaap Willem Lijbers who entered the country in May 2014 on a three-month visitor visa. Almost seven years later, Lijbers himself was in the same boat as the undocumented people against whom he and his compatriots from Boogaloo Boi took up arms.
"Until February 8, 2021, Lijbers never applied for an adjustment to his initial status, and no immigration records or applications were identified that would grant Lijbers extended permission to remain in the United States or preclude his deportation," the affidavit said .
On March 2, federal agents carried out a search warrant on Lijbers, Virginia. They confiscated a Radical Firearms RF-15 military rifle and five magazines, one of which was loaded. Lijbers was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm while illegally in the United States. A federal judge ordered Lijbers to be held without bail. His defense attorney Nancy Combs Dickenson-Vicars did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Lijbers will appear in court on March 9th.
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