A 47-year-old Utah man who had been planning to kill police officers and blow up a police station hoping his attacks would spur on the REVOLUTION™ was arrested on Thursday. John Huggins of Tremonton was arrested on a charge of possessing an unregistered explosive device, and could face ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The “freedom fighter” built a homemade explosive device and was found in possession of explosive materials and instructions for making bombs, FBI Special Agent Steven Cadiz said in court documents. In February, a “concerned citizen” contacted Tremonton police with a claim that Huggins had buried bombs around the city of Ogden, and had threatened to blow up a Bible study group. While that information was incorrect, police discovered that the man had threatened to blow up the Tremonton Police Department, along with bridges and other infrastructure to prevent emergency crews from being able to help. He also planned to assassinate two police officers before the attack.
According to instigators, Huggins functioned under the delusion that his attacks would cause the community to rise up against the government.
Huggins kept his explosive-making materials and computer in a trailer where he manufactured explosive devices and shrapnel to put in them, according to a confidential informant. Later, an undercover FBI agent met with the would-be terrorist to discuss bombmaking, leading to Huggins offering to make a bomb for the agent.
Huggins’ motives are similar to those of Jerad and Amanda Miller, two Tea Party terrorists who, taking a page from the Bundy Ranch playbook, and declaring their attack the beginning of the revolution. The Millers murdered two police officers in cold blood and draped their bodies with the Gadsden Flag, the adopted symbol of the Tea Party and other right-wing extremist groups before mowing down a “Good Guy With a Gun.” Police eliminated Jerad Miller, and Amanda took her own life as authorities were closing in.
Huggins’ case is still being investigated, and he could face additional charges when the case is presented to a grand jury.