Man Arrested In NC With Van Full Of Guns & Explosives Researched Killing Biden
A man in Kannapolis, North Carolina, who was arrested in late May with a van full of weapons and explosives also had plans to carry out an act of terrorism, including an attempt to assassinate former Vice President Joe Biden.
Local news channel WBTV reported that the man, identified in an order filed in federal court earlier this month as Alexander Hillel Treisman, is currently being held in jail on child pornography charges.
Although, Treisman currently faces pornography charges, the order details a list of factors related to the defendant’s plans for a possible act of terror as grounds he should remain in custody.
According to the order, Treisman was arrested in late May, after employees at a bank in Kannapolis called police to investigate a white van that had been left in the parking lot.
“Through the windows, KPD officers observed an AR-15 style rifle, a box for a Taurus .380 handgun, a cannister of the explosive material Tannerite, and a box of 5.56 caliber ammunition,” the order said, referencing testimony from a FBI agent who investigated the case as part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
- The order details a litany of disturbing reasons Treisman should be held in jail, including the fact that “agents found child pornography on eight different electronic devices, along with other pictures and posts related to plans and ideas for possible terrorist acts.”
- Regarding Biden, the order stated that authorities found “An iFunny meme posted by Defendant on April 15, 2020 with the caption “should I kill joe biden?”
- In addition, the order states:
A timeline of internet searches conducted by Defendant between March and May 2020 seeking information about Joe Biden’s home address, state gun laws, rifle parts, and night vision goggles, along with actions taken by Defendant, including posting the above mentioned meme about killing Joe Biden, purchasing an AR-15 in New Hampshire, traveling to a Wendy’s within 4 miles of Joe Biden’s home, and writing a checklist note ending with “execute”.
- WBTV reported that given the evidence, “the judge ruled, the ‘that no combination of available release conditions would reasonably assure the safety of the community, and that a preponderance of evidence establishes that no conditions would ensure Defendant’s presence in court.’”
- The report also noted that “Treisman has not been charged with any crime related to his possession of the guns or other evidence the agents found.”