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The FBI said Sunday that agents conducted weekend raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio and arrested at least three people, and a militia leader in Michigan said the target of at least one raid was a Christian militia group.
Federal warrants were sealed, but a federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said some of those arrested face gun charges and officials are pursuing other suspects. Some of the suspects were expected in court Monday.
FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold confirmed the FBI had been working in two southeast Michigan counties near the Ohio state line. FBI spokesman Scott Wilson in Cleveland said agents arrested two people Saturday after raids in two Ohio towns.
A third arrest made in northeast Illinois on Sunday stemmed from a raid Saturday just over the border in northwest Indiana, both part of an ongoing investigation led by the FBI in Michigan, according to a statement from agents in Illinois.
In Ohio, one of the raids occurred at Bayshore Estates, a well-kept trailer park in Sandusky, a small city on Lake Erie between Toledo and Cleveland. Neighbors said the man taken into custody lived in a trailer on a cul-de-sac with his wife and two young children.
A young man who answered the door at the trailer Sunday said no one from the family wanted to talk. A neighbor said he saw authorities with rifles run past his window and toward the trailer Saturday night.
"They took over the block like it was the Army. I thought we were being invaded," said Michael Morin, who lives two lots away.
Federal agents will not comment on the investigation, only saying that they are serving a number of search warrants and that the warrants are sealed. Authorities said they expect to release more information about the investigation early this week.
Seven suspects in the FBI's weekend raids in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio are scheduled to appear in court.
Spokeswoman Gina Balaya (Buh-LIE'-uh) of the U.S. attorney's office in Detroit tells The Associated Press the suspects have a 10 a.m. hearing Monday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer. She had no further information on the seven or what charges they faced.
Federal warrants are sealed, but a federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said some of those arrested face gun charges and officials are pursuing other suspects.
It's not clear what prompted the raids.
A militia leader in Michigan says the target of at least one raid was a Christian militia group called Hutaree.
Originally posted by OldDragger
reply to post by jdub297
You have no idea of what any given group might do or not do.
You simply assume this is some "government" ruse. if you were honest, you would say you really have no information and don't know.
It's entirely possible that said group, 'christian" or not could plan violence.