American Terrorists: 5 Arrested in Plot to Blow Up Cleveland Bridge
1 year ago
FBI thwarts plot that could have been catastrophic
Five men have been arrested in connection with a plot to blow-up a Cleveland area bridge, according to CNN.
Douglas L. Wright, 26, joined alleged co-conspirators Brandon L. Baxter, 20, a.k.a. "Skabby," and Anthony Hayne, 37, a.k.a. "Tony" and "Billy," in a plot authorities say honed in on the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge, which spans the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and carries a four-lane highway.
The bridge is located 15 miles south of Cleveland.
The men were arrested in an FBI sting Monday evening. The anarchists posed no danger to the public because the explosives were inert and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee. They were all described as anarchists who had considered "a series of evolving plots over several months."
The men have been charged with conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce.
"The defendants stand charged based not upon any words or beliefs they might espouse, but based upon their own plans and actions," said U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach.
[ALSO READ: Occupy Movement's Nationwide Mayday]
The men were reportedly tied to the Occupy Cleveland movement.