Texas Man Reportedly Wanted To Kill 'All White Police' At White House.
A statement from the Secret Service said they were notified by the Montgomery County, Maryland, police department to be on the lookout for a 37-year-old man, "who reportedly traveled to Washington D.C. for the purpose of killing 'all white police' at the White House." The authorities said they received the warning at 2:55 p.m. EST.
Arega was arrested around 4 p.m. EST when the authorities spotted him on Pennsylvania Avenue, near Lafayette Park. He was not armed at the time of being taken into custody.
The authorities added Arega "was immediately detained by Secret Service uniformed division officers and subsequently arrested without incident." The suspect was transferred to the custody of the Metropolitan Police Department, the Secret Service said, according to the (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/6/secret-service-arrest-michael-arega-kill-white-cop/) Washington Times.
Arega had updated his Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/azmem77?hc_ref=ARTXriVmOXLomiUMccchGLeUNogUUgx0GE5L2zUXxJZta_VqqUOozm045p_FmmXvd7c) page during the 24 hours prior to his arrest. He reposted a conservative news article about President Donald Trump's reaction to the Sutherland Springs shooting and captioned the post saying "Kill him in Jesus name!!"
After posting his threat to "kill all white police," Arega also (https://www.facebook.com/azmem77/posts/1899985886683609?pnref=story) wrote on his Facebook page, "Our world should be free from this guy and we will be free in Jesus name."
In another post he wrote, "I remove the power of darkness from USA in the powerful name of Jesus Christ."
Arega also wrote Trump should be put in jail "in the name of Jesus Christ."
Online (https://www.manta.com/c/mh1l9rb/rehoboth-concrete-construction) records about Arega show he operated a construction company in Dallas area called Rehoboth Concrete Construction. However, on his Facebook page Arega mentioned he has been working for another construction company called Alpha Testing as a quality control inspector.
Arega's Facebook page appears to be dominated by his various Christian preaching. In his (https://www.facebook.com/azmem77/about?lst=662851421%3A100000166482394%3A1510010979§ion=year-overviews&pnref=about) life events section, Arega said he last traveled to Washington D.C. in 2013. That same year, he mentioned he also traveled to New York City, Philadelphia and Dubai. Arega's Facebook profile photo is an image that displays the phrase "The All Nation Kingdom of God Church."
Authorities said public records do not show any criminal history against Arega in Dallas, Texas. He had filed for divorce from his wife in September, court records show, according to Dallas News.
Threats to the White House have not been uncommon in the past. In September 2014, another Texas man had managed to jump the mansion's fence and ran into the building.
Omar Gonzalez of Copperas Cove, who was later identified and described as a disturbed Army veteran, also carried a knife when he scaled the White House's fence and led the Secret Service officers on a chase long enough to run into the building, not far from the living quarters. Gonzalez was sentenced to 17 months in prison in 2015, Dallas news (https://www.dallasnews.com/news/us-news/2017/11/06/dallas-man-arrested-dc-wanted-kill-white-people-white-house-secret-service-says) reported.
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|Publication:||International Business Times - US ed.|
|Date:||Nov 7, 2017|
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