LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A man authorities say claimed to be linked to a former Indiana couple who fatally shot two Las Vegas police officers is facing intimidation charges after allegedly threatening an Indiana Supreme Court justice, a second judge and two law enforcement officers.
Samuel Bradbury, 22, of Pine Village, also faces federal charges that have been sealed, FBI supervisory agent Bob Ramsey of the bureau’s Merrillville office told the Lafayette Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/1qonJZP ). Ramsey said more information on the federal charges may become available after Bradbury has an initial hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Hammond. Ramsey did not immediately return a call from the Associated Press on Sunday.
Police acting on a tip reviewed statements Bradbury had posted online that included death threats against a Tippecanoe County judge, an Indiana Supreme Court justice and two Tippecanoe County law enforcement officers, a probable cause affidavit said. Those who were threatened were identified in court documents only by initials, the newspaper reported without revealing them.
Investigators said Bradbury claimed to be affiliated with Jerad and Amanda Miller, whom he said were part of a group called “765 Anarchists.” The former Lafayette couple killed two Las Vegas police officers having lunch and a shopper at a nearby Wal-Mart on June 8 before Jerad Miller was shot dead by police and Amanda Miller died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police have said the Millers shared an ideology with militia and white supremacists that law enforcement officers were oppressors.
Bradbury claimed to lead the “765 Anarchists” and said it had formed over several years for the purpose of killing local law enforcement officers, court documents said. Some of his posts described in the affidavit include references to gathering thermite and explosives and the possibility of a suicide bombing. Thermite burns so hot that water cannot extinguish the blaze.
At residences frequented by Bradbury, police found chemicals that preliminary testing indicated were components of incendiary devices, the affidavit said.
Bradbury, who was arrested June 21 on four counts of intimidation, was being held Sunday in the Tippecanoe County Jail on $100,000 cash bond. Online jail records did not indicate whether he has an attorney.
Pine Village is a Warren County town about 20 miles west of Lafayette.
Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com