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Two Missouri men are charged with conspiracy to shoot migrants at the Texas border and broadcast their plans on TikTok, the FBI said.

Details of the alleged foiled plot — which also included threats of violence in Washington, DC and against U.S. Border Patrol agents — come from two criminal complaints filed last Friday in federal court for the Western District of Missouri.

Bryan C. Perry, 37, a Tennessee resident, was charged with three counts of making a threat over the phone, unlawful possession of a firearm and shooting federal officials.

Jonathan S. O’Dell, 32, a Missouri resident, was charged with transmitting a threat across state lines and on one occasion of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Threats on TikTok against migrants, government

According to the affidavits, the FBI received an anonymous tip last month that Perry, using TikTok account @trashpanda1774, posted a video threatening to attack the government.

“I’m probably the only one right now who’s ready to go to war against this government and I don’t mean just talk about it, I mean grab my gun and go to DC and physically take this country back, not sit in a basement and talk about it,” Perry said in the video, according to documents.

Perry also posted videos of him trying to recruit “six like-minded individuals” with weapons and equipment to participate in his plan, according to an affidavit.

Around the end of last month, O’Dell posted a video to the TikTok account @mobornfromthe90s discussing his plans to “secure the southern border” and leave for Texas on October 4.

In other videos, Perry discussed “travelling with a group to the US border to shoot migrants,” saying US Border Patrol was committing treason by letting undocumented immigrants from Mexico into the US, adding that treason carries the death penalty. , the affidavits said. state.

‘I’m practically a terrorist already’

The FBI identified Perry as the owner of the @trashpanda1774 TikTok account after retrieving information from TikTok, Yahoo and AT&T that matched the TikTok account with Perry’s phone number and email address, according to documents.

Using phone records showing that Perry and O’Dell communicate regularly, the FBI identified O’Dell and found his address in Warsaw, Missouri, about 100 miles southeast of Kansas City.

Once officers had his address, they matched the exterior of his house to the exterior of a house that appeared in one of Perry’s TikToks where he said, “There’s going to be a war.”

After evicting the property for a few weeks last month and earlier this month, the affidavits say, officers determined the couple was living together.

On October 2, two days before O’Dell said the couple would go to Texas, an undercover FBI agent spoke to O’Dell on a phone call.

During the conversation, O’Dell said “he wanted to bring together a group to secure the border between the United States and Mexico,” the affidavit said. O’Dell also offered to trade firearms if the undercover worker could provide amateur radios and night vision goggles.

“I know I’m practically a terrorist already,” he added. “I’m sure, because I’m a patriot.”

The day after that call, Perry posted on his TikTok their plans to travel to Texas on October 8, adding that they planned to bring “full kits,” which, according to the affidavits, often refer to “wearable vest wearers who shoot gunmen.” better able to carry additional equipment, including body armor, spare ammunition and radios.”

“We’re not going down to protest,” he said in the video. “We’re not going down just to be there. No, we’re going there and we’re taking this land back.”

Perry also said he called the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and left a message saying that he is a “co-founder of a militia” and “If you can’t take care of this border and close it , we will be forced to come in and do it ourselves.”

O’Dell also told the governor’s office that he would be coming, according to the affidavit.

Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

During an Oct. 4 phone call with the undercover FBI agent, O’Dell told the agent, “I don’t expect a good outcome if we go there,” and that it would be “kill or be killed,” according to the affidavits attached to it. added that he said he feared they would go through all 2,000 ammunition they planned to take.

Shots fired at the FBI

When the FBI issued a search warrant at O’Dell’s home on Oct. 7, Perry began firing at the agents and later admitted to a special agent, according to the affidavit.

Officers estimate that Perry fired eight or nine rounds at them, several of which hit their car.

Authorities later found a shotgun and an AR-15 in the house. In a subsequent interview, O’Dell told officers the gun belonged to him and admitted he wasn’t allowed to have it, according to the affidavit. Perry told investigators the AR-15 belonged to him, documents show.

Both O’Dell and Perry are not allowed to possess firearms. O’Dell due to a condition of his bail and a protection order filed against him last March, according to the affidavits; and Perry for a 2005 conviction for violent robbery for which he spent more than a year in prison.

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