Local news station WMBF reports that law enforcement officials on Wednesday apprehended a 29-year-old man named Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, who bought a gun from an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent that he allegedly planned to use in an attack against the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
He said he wanted to commit a "big scale" attack and write on the wall of a building, "In the spirit of Dylann Roof".
"All they wanne (sic) do is stay loaded on drugs the Jews put here to destroy white man and they feast on the drugs. they should be Feasting on the enemy that stole their Heritage and their bloodline and trying to run us off of this Earth", McDowell wrote.
During ongoing communication with the undercover agent, the testimony said, it was revealed that McDowell was talking on his mother's landline and cellphone.
McDowell allegedly spoke with the agent in other phone calls and planned to meet him to buy a gun and ammunition and also discuss his plans.
McDowell agreed to meet with the agent under the pretense the undercover was someone who "handled problems for the Aryan Nations", the papers read.
The day after, he posted on Facebook that he wishes to buy an "iron", or the slang term for gun.
"I seen what Dylann Roof did and in my heart I reckon I got a little bit of hatred and I ..."
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"I've got the heart to do that s***, but I don't have the good training", he allegedly claims. McDowell had not decided on a place for the attack, according to the complaint. The man is a recently released ex-convict that built bonds with groups tied to white supremacist ideologies as he served his prison sentences for various offenses. Roof was sentenced to death for killing nine black worshippers in a Charleston church.
He faces a federal count of felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition.
Court records show that since 2008, McDowell has several convictions for burglary and a conviction for assault.
Around Jan. 25, the document says he posted on Facebook the following statement: "Clean up world jewelry in the name of Yahweh".
On Wednesday, agents arrested McDowell after spotting him "holding a bag in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn in Myrtle Beach".
In a phone call later, the undercover agent says McDowell wanted him to get a.40 handgun because he meant to conduct the attack outside the county where he lived.
Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, from Conway, was arrested at around 5 p.m. Wednesday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. The prosecution requested a preliminary hearing and detention hearing by held at the same time, Tuesday, February 21 at 2:30 p.m. McDowell had not hired an attorney and was represented by a state-appointed attorney.