October 15, 2020
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has charged an eighth individual for his alleged participation in a plan of domestic terrorism that included storming the Michigan Capitol building and harming government officials.
Brian Higgins, 51, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, is charged with material support of an act of terrorism, a 20-year felony.
It is alleged that Higgins provided assistance in the plan to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from her vacation home.
The Attorney General's office charged seven men after the execution of multiple search and arrest warrants Oct. 7 in a joint operation with the U.S. Attorneys of the Eastern and Western districts of Michigan, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Michigan State Police.
"While the political rhetoric in our nation may at times be divisive, I am encouraged by the united front our law enforcement community has displayed in response to this indescribable act of terror," Nessel said. "These were very credible, and very serious threats to our elected officials and the public in general, and the swift actions taken by state and federal authorities this past week are nothing short of heroic."
More on Michimich.com
- Michigan: Video: In wake of road worker deaths, Gov. Whitmer reminds travelers to drive like this is your workplace
- Michigan: 'Railroad Dock' boating access site to close temporarily in Menominee County
- Michigan: Maintenance project on M-55/I-75 BL near West Branch starts next week
- Michigan Indian Legal Services Halloween Party
- Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. Announces Proposed Offering of Subordinated Notes
Including this latest charge against Higgins, a total of 20 state felony charges were filed by Attorney General Nessel against eight individuals known to be members of the militia group Wolverine Watchmen or associates of Wolverine Watchmen. Federal charges were also filed against six other individuals.
Higgins was arrested today in Wisconsin and will be extradited to Michigan to be arraigned in Antrim County 86th District Court on the charge. Court dates have not been scheduled.
All but one of the six defendants charged last week have been arraigned and are in custody in Michigan jails. Paul Bellar is facing extradition from South Carolina where he was arrested. He is scheduled to be picked up from South Carolina by Oct. 27.
Charges for all the individuals may change as investigators review evidence gathered during the execution of the search warrants. Details will not be provided until the investigation is complete or until evidence is revealed in court.
The suspects were alleged to have called on members of the Wolverine Watchmen and associates to identify the home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them and made threats of violence to instigate a civil war leading to societal collapse.
More on Michimich.com
- New Semiconductor Chip from NS Nanotech Emits Far-UVC Disinfectant Ultraviolet Light to Neutralize Coronavirus
- Launching New No Touch Tool Made from EPA Registered Alloy
- Michigan: MDHHS announces $50,000 grant for direct care worker infection control training
- Michigan: AG Lawsuit Stops Trump Administration's Cuts to SNAP Food Assistance for 700,000 Unemployed Americans
- Michigan Civil Rights Commission Recognizes Contributions of Michigan's LGBTQ Community, Reaffirms Commitment to Protection for LGBTQ Civil Rights under ELCRA
At least some of the defendants participated in various demonstrations at the Michigan Capitol building over the past several months.
Due to the ongoing investigation and court proceedings, authorities will not confirm the identities of suspects in photo images or video recordings, or whether they were present at specific events.
Click here to view a copy of Higgins' arrest warrant and a copy of the affidavit is available here.
Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Attorney General's office does not provide photos of defendants, but one may be available from the booking agencies, the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in South Carolina (Bellar), the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (Musico and Morrison) and the Antrim County Sheriff's Office (all other defendants charged last week) Booking agency information for Higgins is not available and will be provided later.
Latest on Michimich.com
- Rose McGowan to Headline Movement for a People's Party Debate Response
- Waterford Dentist Contributes To Nationally Renowned Textbook
- Michigan: Public comment period closes for Enbridge Line 5 tunnel proposal
- Michigan: MDHHS issues Emergency Order updating requirements for residential care facilities to allow for indoor visitation
- Michigan: Voting resources available for housing insecure or homeless individuals
- Michigan: U.P. roadside parks set to close for season
- Michigan: UIA offers new phone appointment option for claimants requiring one-on-one support
- BeBop Sensors' Forte Data Glove Adds Haptic Interaction Support for Oculus 2 and Unreal Engine
- LYRIC names Toni Newman as New Interim Executive Director and Jodi Schwartz as President
- BitRouter Announces Dihedral Software Release for its ATSC3pro Receiver at NAB Show New York
- Continental Structural Plastics, Inapal Components Reduce Weight, Complexity for New Luxury SUV in Europe
- Meridian and Samsung Donate Smartphone Devices to Healthcare Providers in Michigan
- WeFunder Secured and Launches Crowdfunding for Emerging AI Startup
- Braeden Lichti - What's Next for the Healthcare Sector?
- Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Patti Flint now offering sought-after lip lift procedure
- Entrepreneur, Investor Signs $100,000 Contract With Hotel To Host First Female Founders Pitch Summit Despite Pandemic
- USDA approves Michigan's industrial hemp state plan
- Michigan: Voters should hand-deliver absentee ballots to avoid postal delays
- Michigan: AG Nessel Joins Coalition Opposing Alabama's Attempt to Ban Curbside Voting
- New Partnership Aims to Create COVID-Safe Zones for Return to Work, Travel, Conferences and Live Events