A self-described white nationalist who claimed he was a “friend” of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers was busted on a gun charge after claiming the massacre was a “dry run.”
Jeffrey Clark Jr., 30, was charged with illegally possessing a firearm and a high-capacity magazine intended for use with AR-15 assault weapons, the Washington Post reported.
Clark, 30, who admitted he became a social-media follower of the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting has been arrested on a gun charge after his worried relatives contacted the authorities, according to federal court filings.
The Washington, DC, resident made his initial court appearance Tuesday in US District Court in Washington and was ordered held until Friday.
White supremacist Jeffrey Clark, [left] was arrested in Washington DC on Friday for illegal possession of firearms. He’s pictured with his fellow alt-right brother Edward Clark, [right] who killed himself three hours after Robert Bowers massacred 11 people in a synagogue
Clark, who lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, was arrested Friday Nov. 9, after two family members alerted police to his increasingly agitated outbursts, including that the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh shooting “deserved it.” The outbursts occurred in the wake of Clark’s brother’s suicide.
Clark’s 23-year-old brother fatally shot himself on Roosevelt Island near Washington three hours after the Oct. 27 attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was busted on a gun charge after claiming the massacre
After the death, Clark told his relatives he believed Bowers, 46 was a friend on conservative social media platform Gab, according to the court filing.
Jeffrey Clark was “DC Bowl Gang” on the site and his sibling went by “DC_Stormer,” according to the documents.
Clark posted a photo on Gab of him and his brother wearing masks and holding a shotgun and a rifle, in front of a flag with a skull and crossbones, the court papers say.
He posted a description of himself as a “Meth-Smoking, Pipe bomb making, mailman-murding [sic] . . . Che Guevara of the altright.”
Of the massacre at the synagogue, the court filings said Jeffrey Clark posted a picture of the suspected shooter spattered in blood and wrote: “This was a dry run for things to come.”
Relatives told police both brothers had been involved in alt-right movements, the court records said. Jeffrey Clark told FBI agents he and his brother became interested in guns in 2016 “because they believed there was going to be a civil war.”
Investigators said the brothers used the social networking site Gab to share his views with others, including Robert Bowers, the suburban Pittsburgh man charged with federal hates crimes in the synagogue attack.
Jeffrey Clark was “DC Bowl Gang” on the site, court files said, and Edward Clark went by “DC_Stormer.”
The court filing lists what prosecutors say are some of Clark’s postings, including a Gab rant that claimed the victims of the synagogue attack “were all active supporters of pedophilia … and every last one of them deserved exactly what happened to them and so much worse.”
Clark, who called Bowers a “hero,” said the synagogue attack was justified because, he believed, “a homosexual Jewish couple was having an adopted baby circumcised that week,” according to the court filing.
He told the feds that he and his brother became interested in guns in 2016 “because they believed there was going to be a civil war,” according to court filings.
Pittsburgh police vehicles close the street adjacent to the Tree of Life synagogue.
Police and EMTs remove one of the injured after the shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, on Oct 27 morning.
The FBI said the brothers attended last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Their relatives told agents they believe the two men had photos from the event with James Alex Fields, who was accused of driving a car into a crowd of protesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring 19 other protesters.
The witnesses also told the FBI that the brothers “admired” Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and killer Charles Manson and that relatives said “Jeffrey and Edward Clark believed there would be a race revolution and they wanted to expedite it,” NBC News reports.
The feds alleged that Clark once said he and his brother had fantasized about killing “Jews and blacks.”
Jeffrey Clark warned a family member after the Pittsburgh shootings that the FBI might come around because he had followed the suspect on the Internet. Jeffrey Clark said, according to the court document, “They had not broken any laws, but at some point if a line gets crossed, I would be violent, everyone has a line . . .”
Family members fearing Clark might harm himself or others, gave him up.
Mourners embrace in Pittsburgh during a processional for victims of the Oct. 27 synagogue shootings. 11 people died and several others were left injured in the shooting that left the tight-knit Jewish community reeling
The brothers had four guns that were registered in DC, – a Remington Arms handgun, a Mossberg shotgun, a Beretta handgun and a Ruger Mini-14 rifle, the documents said.
The Beretta was recovered at the site of the suicide and agents seized the other weapons from a relative’s home outside the District.
The documents said Jeffrey Clark surrendered another weapon to agents, a Colt .38 handgun, that was not registered to either brother. The FBI said in court filings that agents also confiscated two kits to convert semiautomatic AR-15s into fully automatic rifles.
Authorities said they found two muzzleloading pistols, in Jeffrey Clark’s bedroom and in the basement of the house. In Edward Clark’s room, the court documents said, they found two ballistic vests, two ballistic helmets and two gas masks. FBI agents said in court that shotgun shells were also found in Jeffrey Clark’s bedroom, the filings said.
At his arraignment Tuesday, Clark did not enter a plea and said little at his court appearance other than confirming he was a high school graduate and needed an appointed attorney.