Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29 years old, was arrested on Wednesday after he purchased a.40 caliber Glock gun and a lot of ammunition from an Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover agent. In one conversation, McDowell told the agent he wanted to "do something on a f****** big scale and write on the f****** building or whatever, 'In the spirit of Dylann Roof'".
"All they wanne do is stay loaded on drugs the Jews put here to destory white man and they fest on the drugs (sic)", he wrote in January, stated the complaint. He posted rambling, expletive-filled white supremacist rants on Facebook, and in early January, requested an "iron" - or gun - from someone through Facebook instant messenger, according to the complaint.
The federal complaint states that McDowell arranged to meet the agent on February 15, when he bought the gun and ammo for approximately $109.
"I seen what Dylann Roof did and in my heart I reckon I got a little bit of hatred and I ..."
The agent said McDowell voiced frustration over other white supremacists, saying that screaming "white power" wasn't getting the job done.
In a phone call later that day, McDowell asked the undercover agent to acquire a.40 caliber handgun for him, because he wanted to plan "an attack on an unknown location outside the county where he resided", the court document says.
Why you should fear the leaks that felled Mike Flynn
New information suggests that not only did Trump know about Flynn's conversations, but that he had "no problem" with them. A White House spokesman says no classified material was discussed publicly at the Mar-a-Lago resort over the weekend.
Upon giving the undercover federal agent, $109, McDowell who unbeknownst to him had been handed a malfunctioning weapon, was arrested as he made his way to a parking lot of a Hampton Inn.
The purported white nationalist - who has prison tattoos connecting him to the group - had hinted he planned to attack the Myrtle Beach, SC Temple Emanu-El on Facebook, according to NBC affiliate WMBF. Those proceedings ended with Roof receiving a death sentence for killing nine black worshipers inside the historic church on June 17, 2015.
He faces a federal count of felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition.
McDowell's criminal record goes back to 2006 and includes multiple convictions for burglary and assault and battery, as well as assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. Reuben Long Detention Center website indicated that McDowell was released Thursday morning.
In a phone call later, the undercover agent says McDowell wanted him to get a.40 handgun because he meant to conduct the attack outside the county where he lived. Speaking in a hotel while carrying marijuana, McDowell told the agent he wanted to unleash a massacre on non-whites and walk away "scot-free" because he feared going back to prison. A preliminary and detention hearing is scheduled for February 21.