Skip to comments.RNC Suspect Investigated For Texas Mansion Arson
Posted on 09/09/2008 3:28:24 PM PDT by devane617
A man arrested during protests during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota is now being investigated for arson at the Texas governor's mansion in June.
The story was first reported Tuesday by CBS 11's sister station WCCO in Minneapolis.
Bradley Neil Crowder, 23, of Austin, is charged with one count of possession of firearms not registered to him after his arrest Sept. 1 in St. Paul. Prosecutors believe Crowder and another man, David Guy McKay, made Molotov cocktails which could then be thrown into a St. Paul parking lot where law enforcement parked their vehicles.
A high-level source confirms authorities are now investigating whether Crowder had a role in the June 8 fire that badly damaged the Texas governor's mansion.
The building was not occupied at the time of the fire. Gov. Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, had temporarily moved out of the mansion while a $10 million renovation and maintenance project was completed.
Crowder allegedly belongs to an organization known as the Austin Affinity Group, a group which FBI officials in Texas have been investigating since 2007, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota said.
The headline is misleading. It seems to imply that the suspect is a member of the RNC.
No bias here from a liberal Austin TV station
Yes. Unbelievably misleading headline. And deliberately so, I’m sure.
I agree. However, the FR policy is to post exact title.
I have heard that the main suspect is from the FLDS group from El Dorado, Texas. It is rumored that Gov. Perry said something earlier in the week, before the fire, that the FLDS did not like.
Probably not the FLDS. There are so many left-wing nutjobs in Austin that you could toss a rock and hit one on any street corner.
Re: "red actions"?
Authorities say members of the group traveled from Austin to Minnesota on Aug. 28, pulling a rental trailer that contained 35 "shields" crafted from stolen traffic barrels. The shields, confiscated by authorities, were outfitted with protruding screws and were meant to be used as "offensive weapons," officials said.
Crowder, identified as the leader of Austin Affinity Group, was arrested on Sept. 1 for disorderly conduct, the news release said. McKay, a member of the group, was arrested on Sept. 3 at a residence in St. Paul an apartment law enforcement authorities had been monitoring, officials said.
McKay and Crowder allegedly bought supplies for constructing explosive devices at a Wal-Mart in St. Paul. At the residence where McKay was arrested, St. Paul police officers seized eight assembled Molotov cocktails, along with gas masks, slingshots, helmets and knee pads.
Officials say that on Sept. 1, McKay had a falling out with members of the group and was planning to initiate "red actions" with others on Sept. 2.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the St. Paul Police Department.
Well, that’s true. :) But it is a fun place to visit.
Those EcoRadical, Democrat supporters. Anything for a headline.
True, but you apparently can add personal comments within square brackets alongside the title. Example [misleading title]
Check out the title on this one!
"2 Texas men charged in RNC scheme"
I could have bracketed the title. But, I wanted it to catch attention...and it worked.
by the way...welcome newbie
Thanks, but I’m not so ‘new’ anymore.
we’ll see how you do in a few years. have a good one.
Yes, this is the second headline today I have seen on this and both of them made it sound as if the RNC was guilty of throwing fire bombs!
Which is exactly what CBS did and which is what you are now complimenting as to how well it worked for you too.
i did not write the title. it is what it is. deal with it or don’t click on it.
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