Alleged neo-Nazi busted in Toledo, Ohio, by FBI for stockpiling weapons including 40,000 rounds of ammunition, 18 firearms and body armor
Richard Schmidt, 47, is legally forbidden, as a convicted felon who did 13 years in prison for manslaughter, from owning these items.
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Richard Schmidt has been arrested for stockpiling weapons in his Ohio home and sporting goods store.
A convicted felon and alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer, who was arrested for illegally stockpiling an arsenal of assault weapons, was tracking Jewish and African American community leaders in the Detroit area, FBI agents warned.
Richard Schmidt, 47, was legally forbidden from owning firearms, ammunition or body armor after his spending 13 years in prison for manslaughter. But that is exactly what an FBI Joint terrorism Task Force found when it searched his home in Toledo, Ohio and his sporting goods store in nearby Bowling Green.
“These weapons were found in a shopping mall,” Steven M. Dettelbach, the U.S. Attorney in Cleveland, told the Daily News. “You have 40,000 rounds of ammunition, 18 firearms, body armor – obviously that is troubling because it begs the question ‘what does he want to do with it?'”
FBI agents also found Waffen-SS (Nazi military force) paraphernalia, a video of a National Socialist Movement meeting from 2005, a list of national Jewish-owned businesses and a notebook filled with names and addresses of community leaders in the Detroit area, reported Michael Isikoff of NBC News .
The FBI briefed Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit NAACP and one of Schmidt’s targets, about the harrowing discovery.
“We still live in a time and place where certain individuals do not believe that people or organizations such as the NAACP should advocate for civil rights and social justice,” Anthony said in a statement.
“History already tells us that this type of advocacy work is not immune from hatred and violence,” he continued. “We take these allegations very seriously but will not allow it to deter us from fighting for equality.”
Federal agents also briefed Scott Kaufman, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
“When I saw my name on a piece of paper along with information about our organization and our building written by an alleged neo-Nazi, it was certainly unnerving,” said Kaufman.
FBI agents initially searched Schmidt’s store Spindletop Sports Zone because they suspected him of counterfeiting football jerseys and other sporting goods, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.