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14th man arrested in plot to kidnap Michigan governor, attack state capitol

A 14th man has been charged related to the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer and storm the capitol building in Lansing in an attempt to foment a civil war, WKOW reports.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Brian Higgins, 51, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, faces a state charge of material support of an act of terrorism, joining seven other men facing state charges and six charged in federal court.

State and federal authorities announced those initial 13 arrests last week, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

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The federal complaint charges Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta with conspiring to recruit militia members and take Whitmer hostage from her vacation home in northern Michigan. The conspirators reportedly planned to take Whitmer to a secret location in Wisconsin — where she would stand “trial” for purported treason before the presidential election in November, according to The Detroit News.

Top: Kaleb Franks, Ty Garbin, Daniel Harris. Bottom: Barry Croft, Brandon Caserta, Adam Fox/Michigan Attorney General’s Office

All six suspects are from Michigan except Croft, who lives in Delaware.

WOOD reported that the seven additional suspects were William Null, 38, Michael Null, 38, Eric Molitor, 36, Paul Bellar, 21, Sean Fix, 38, Pete Musico, 42, and Joseph Morrison, 42. They are facing various charges, including providing material support for terrorist acts, and firearm offenses.

Top: Paul Bellar, Pete Musico, Eric Molitor, Joseph Morrison. Bottom: Michael Null, William Null, Shawn Fix/Michigan Attorney General’s Office

The men facing state charges were allegedly planning to attack Michigan’s capitol building to “instigate a Civil War.” Nessel said that all eight are members of an armed group that calls itself the Wolverine Watchmen or are associates of the group, WKOW said. Nessel said all but Bellar are in custody in Michigan; Bellar is facing extradition from South Carolina, where he was arrested.

Federal authorities accused the group of six of conducting surveillance on Whitmer’s vacation home on two instances in August. The militia group allegedly held several meetings over the summer during which they did firearms training, combat drills, and attempted to build IEDs. The devices were defective and did not detonate as intended, the complaint detailed.

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[Featured image: Gretchen Whitmer/Michigan Governor’s Office]