November 05, 2019

Pueblo white supremacist arrested in 'domestic terrorism' case after plans to bomb synagogue

Source: cbslocal

Pueblo, CO - The FBI says it has prevented what it believes was an attempt to commit a major hate crime in Colorado. A known white supremacist named Richard Holzer has been arrested in an alleged plot to blow up Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, according to newly unsealed federal court documents.

An undercover FBI employee made contact with Holzer, 27, on Facebook. She said Holzer sent her buttons with swastikas and other items. He reportedly told her he used to be with the Ku Klux Klan.

In the affidavit, FBI investigators said Holzer used several Facebook accounts “to promote white supremacy ideology and acts of violence.” For example:
On Sept. 3, 2019, he told another Facebook user, “I wish the holocaust really did happen… they need to die.”

Temple Emanuel in Pueblo (credit: CBS)
On July 11, 2019, he sent a message to another Facebook user stating, “getting ready to cap people.” He included three photos of himself dressed in clothing with white supremacy symbols, holding handguns and a semiautomatic rife.

Holzer stated he had a cook put arsenic in the water pipes of the historic Colorado synagogue. The alleged plot continued to the point of pipe bombs and dynamite.