A white supremacist was arrested by the FBI for planning a synagogue bomb plot against the Temple Emanuel congregation in Pueblo, Colorado.
He also was plotting to poison the synagogue’s water supply with arsenic.
Richard Holzer, 27, was taken into custody by the FBI after examining (inert) explosive devices brought to him by undercover FBI agents.
The FBI had been tracking Holzer since they found him talking about killing Jews and posting pictures of himself with weapons on white supremacist forums online.
“I want something that tells them they are not welcome in this town. Better get the fuck out, otherwise, people will die,” Holzer said to the agents who he met with to discuss using Molotov cocktails to burn the synagogue down, according to an FBI affidavit.
Holzer believed the agents would help him carry out the synagogue bomb plot. He sent them a video of himself at the synagogue looking for a place to place the bomb.
The FBI originally made contact with Holzer through an undercover agent after discovering that he ran a number of white supremacist Facebook accounts.
He reportedly introduced himself to the agents as a former Ku Klux Klan member and said he considers himself to be a white supremacist skinhead who supports sparking a “racial holy war.”
Holzer also sent the agent a video of himself urinating on a Jewish center and suggested he was prepared to conduct a large-scale attack.
In another video, Holzer put on a mask, picked up a machete and said, “May the gods be with me for what I must do.”
When shown pictures of what he thought were pipe bombs, he responded with the Nazi slogan, “Sieg Heil! [Hail Victory!]”
The arrest of Holzer followed the one-year anniversary of an attack by a white supremacist on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in which 11 congregants were killed on October 27, 2018.
Another synagogue shooting occurred just six months later on April 27, 2019 in Poway, California. In that attack, one congregant was killed; others were able to prevent a large-scale massacre.