FBI arrest Las Vegas man for planning attack on LGBTQ bars and synagogues

A Las Vegas man was arrested after he discussed attacking a local establishments and bomb-making materials were allegedly found in his home.

On Friday, the Justice Department charged 23-year-old Conor Climo with one count of possession of an unregistered firearm, referring to the bomb materials. According to prosecutors, he discussed attacking an synagogue in the area and surveilling a gay bar.

He also allegedly discussed making Molotov cocktails and improvised explosive devices and used derogatory, racial, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs.

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Prosecutors also indicated that Climo was in communication with members of a white supremacist organization that the Justice Department says promotes attacks on the federal government, minorities, and the gay community.

He found himself in police custody after an FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation on Thursday and appeared before a judge the next day.

“Threats of violence motivated by hate and intended to intimidate or coerce our faith-based and LGBTQ communities have no place in this Country,” U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich said in a statement. “Law enforcement in Nevada remains determined to use the full weight of our investigative resources to prevent bias-motivated violence before it happens.”

In addition to finding the bomb-making materials, authorities also seized a notebook of Climo's that included hand-drawn plans for an attack on the Las Vegas area along with drawings of timed explosives.

As a result, Climo faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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