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An apparent neo-Nazi in Texas has been arrested for planning a mass shooting at a Walmart, police said Sunday.
Coleman Thomas Blevins, 28, was arrested Friday in Kerrville, about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio, after investigators intercepted a message indicating he planned to carry out a mass shooting with a specific threat that included Walmart, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office announced in a Facebook post.
Investigators from the sheriff’s office made contact with Blevins and confirmed “his affiliation and networking with extremist ideologies” and determined he was capable of “following through with the threat” so they “moved immediately to arrest him,” cops said.
The KCSO posted an image of Blevins and evidence they found after a search warrant of his home.
Items found in Blevins’ home included flags depicting the swastika and other Nazi symbols and extremist books like “The Turner Diaries,” which was written by the leader of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
“Firearms, ammunition, electronic evidence, concentrated THC, and radical ideology paraphernalia, including books, flags, and handwritten documents” were also seized, cops said.
Blevins is currently on felony probation and is prohibited from possessing firearms, police said. He was booked into the Kerr County Jail on a warrant for a terroristic threat to create public fear of serious bodily injury and is being held on a $250,000 bond, cops said.
The week-long probe included the KCSO’s Special Operations Division, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the FBI and the US Secret Service.
“This case reminds us that we need to always be vigilant. Many think ‘that can’t happen here’, and it was well on the way to happening,” Sheriff Larry Leitha said in a statement.
“Our investigators did outstanding work in this case, and possibly saved many lives. The plot interrupted in this case is unthinkable,” Leitha went on.
“We’d like to remind the public, if you see something, say something.”
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