FBI Arrests Man Who Allegedly Planned Dylann Roof-Style Attack

Posted February 17, 2017

A 29-year-old white supremacist from SC allegedly plotting an attack inspired by Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was arrested by federal agents in an FBI sting this week. The documents reportedly said McDowell connected with white supremacist groups while serving earlier prison sentences and told the agent he didn't want to go back. "I want something where I can say, "I f-- did that" ... me personally".

The document says McDowell posted statements online praising Roof, but did not appear to have formulated any specific attack plans.

The South Carolina native never disclosed a specific target to the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent for his premeditated slaughter, but he did post a link to Facebook of the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, SC.

McDowell, 29, allegedly told the agent that he was inspired by Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to death last month for the killings at the Charleston church in 2015, and that he wanted to commit a "big scale" attack and write on the wall of the building "In the spirit of Dylann Roof".

The next day, he wrote on Facebook that he wanted an "iron", a term for a gun. He has multiple convictions for burglary, and has also been convicted of assault of a high and aggravated nature, petty larceny, third-degree assault and malicious injury to property, according to State Law Enforcement Division records. "Like, I got desire ... not for nobody else ... it just ..."

McDowell also discussed his beliefs in white power with the agent and professed a hatred for anything "non-white", according to court documents.

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On Jan. 12, McDowell had a meeting at a Myrtle Beach motel with an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation employee who he believed handled problems for the Aryan Nations.

The complaint states that on February 15, McDowell met with the agent as planned and purchased a.40 caliber Glock, the firing pin of which had been shaved down without McDowell's knowledge, and hollow point ammunition.

In a Facebook post weeks later, he said Jews were part of a plot to wipe out the white race.

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. Jail records from J. Reuben Long Detention Center show he was booked at 4:56 p.m. Wednesday. He also met with an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent at a hotel in Myrtle Beach and talked about conducting an attack on non-whites without getting caught.

On Wednesday, agents arrested McDowell after spotting him "holding a bag in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn in Myrtle Beach".

A detention hearing is scheduled for February 21 in Florence.