OHIO (PM) — An 18-year-old Ohio white male, who posted online concerning his support for mass shootings and eagerness to attack abortion clinics, was indicted on Monday by federal prosecutors for also making a number of threats to kill law enforcement.
According to the filed affidavit, investigators had been watching Justin Olsen’s activity on meme-sharing website iFunny since February, where he posted far-right content under the username ArmyOfChrist.
The posts, which are still openly available, reportedly rant against the LGBTQ community, immigrants, socialists, Planned Parenthood. They also call for the establishment of an “ethnostate.”
Over the course of the succeeding six months, the teen also displayed his admiration for “armed resistance” and domestic terrorists. On one occasion he celebrated the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, where 168 people died.
Fascinated by cult leader David Koresh and the famous 1993 siege on his Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, Olsen stated of the incident: “shoot every federal agent on sight.”
The Ohio resident also wrote that he “could not wait to start stockpiling weapons” and, as his iFunny account grew more popular, encouraged his 5,000 subscribers to join his private Discord server. It was there that he made the remarks for which he was charged.
When Olsen was detained on Aug. 7, federal agents seized 25 firearms, a machete, camouflage clothing, and approximately 10,000 rounds of ammunition from his home.
The teen reportedly admitted to creating the profiles and server, explaining his comments as “hyperbolic” and intended as a joke. The feds thought differently.
Olsen is being held in Mahoning County Jail in Ohio.
The next court hearing in Mr. Olsen’s case is scheduled for Friday, August 16th.