Three Virginia white supremacists have been taken into custody for allegedly plotting to shoot up Black churches and Jewish synagogues in anticipation of the what they believe is the “coming race war,” WTVR reports.
According to court documents, the FBI claims that Robert Doyle, Ronald Beasley Chaney and Charles Halderman were planning the shooting sprees in addition to plotting to kill a local jewelry dealer, rob an armored car, and kill and rob an Oklahoma gun dealer.
Agents say the trio were going to use the proceeds from their robberies to purchase property and weapons so they could begin training for the race war.
The three men were taken into custody late Sunday night when agents and police swarmed a home in Chesterfield County.
“I walked to the end of the cul-de-sac, and saw 15 police cars, marked and unmarked, and K-9’s searching,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified. “There were people wearing camo and carrying big weapons.”
According to authorities, they received a tip that the men had begun plotting their wave of terror back in September. The FBI then assigned an undercover agent to meet with the men multiple times to discuss purchasing weapons and explosives.
The head of a Baptist church located near where the men were taken into custody said his church had increased security even before hearing about the plot.
“It’s a shame you can’t worship your god in peace,” said Rodney Clarke. “You try to have your focus on him, but you have to worry about what’s coming through the door.”