This does not appear to be an empty threat, federal officials say.
The 19-year-old searched Biden’s home address and night-vision goggles online and bought an AR-15 in New Hampshire, according to federal court documents, first released Thursday by WBTV. At one point in May, Traceman found himself in Wendy within four miles of Biden’s home in Delaware. And when he was arrested later that month in North Carolina, police searched his van, found four rifles, a 9mm pistol, explosives, bomb-making books and $ 509,000 in cash believed to be his legacy.
All of these revelations come in an order a federal magistrate filed earlier this month stating why Trasman, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in September on child pornography charges, should remain in custody.
It is unclear whether Treisman will face additional charges related to the alleged plot.
The news of the arrest is the latest violent threat against the former vice president, which will be shattered by the authorities. A 42-year-old Maryland man was charged Wednesday with writing a letter threatening to kill Biden and Senator Kamala D. Harris of California.
Initially from Seattle, Trasman, who was also nicknamed Alexander S. Theis, was arrested on May 28 after cashiers at Fifth Third Bank in Canapolis, North Carolina, reported a white Ford van abandoned in the parking lot. When police arrived in the town about 30 miles northeast of Charlotte, they said they could see numerous windows and boxes of ammunition in the windows.
“Further investigation has revealed several indicators that criminal activity has taken place,”
Police initially arrested Traceman, who carried ID cards for the states of Washington, California and Florida, for carrying a concealed weapon, finding that he had purchased weapons in at least four states. Federal officials then allegedly found 6,721 images and 1,248 child pornography videos on eight different digital devices under the eight-page arrest warrant.
Traisman pleaded not guilty to three counts of child pornography earlier this month. He has not been charged with a crime involving possession of a weapon. According to court documents, Trasman’s lawyer notes that he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.
However, the judge’s order, published for the first time this week, reveals that federal agents have also found numerous threats and alarming posts on the Internet by the suspect.
In October 2019, federal agents said, Trasman created a note on his phone that set out “a plan to carry out a mass shooting on a food court in a mall on Christmas or Black Friday.” Posting on Reddit under the name AlextheBodacious, he referred to the executioners he hated and stated that he would “make a columbine for a while, [but] I think it would be better to direct it to something more memorable. “
A video taken from Treisman’s mobile phone in April shows the teenager driving from the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas and praising the 2017 massacre, in which 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in history. USA. “That’s the only thing, they did it there … nice,” he said according to the order. Another cell phone video, shot in April at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, includes a male voice suggesting it would be “great” to hijack a plane and crash it into a building.
The 19-year-old’s focus on Biden began in the spring, according to the order. Between March and May, Traceman conducted a series of Google searches related to his conspiracy against Biden, including inquiries about state laws on guns and rifle parts. Days after Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Halted his presidential campaign, Traceman, who suggested in a Reddit post that he should “save Bernie,” posted a meme asking if he should kill Biden.
He did so from the meme-sharing platform iFunny, which has become a popular hub for white nationalists and far-right propaganda. Last year, another 19-year-old was arrested for posting a meme threatening to “slaughter and kill any doctor, patient or visitor” at an abortion clinic.
Judging by cell phone records and financial transactions, federal officials say Traceman made his way a few miles from the former vice president’s home in Delaware on May 3, the Daily Beast reported. Biden’s campaign spokesman Michael Gwyn declined to comment to The Washington Post and referred questions to the Secret Service, which did not immediately return the request for comment.
In an interview with a joint terrorist group official, Traceman acknowledged that he had an “interest in terrorist incidents and mass shootings” and said he consumed YouTube videos and Wikipedia articles on tragedies. He described how he “lost friends because of jokes he made about the 9/11 mass shootings and terrorist attacks”, according to the order.
A cell phone photo of a doctoral Polish passport and an apartment rental agreement in Canada suggests that Traceman has made preliminary plans to leave the country, according to officials. The day after he was arrested, his mother told him to “jump on bail” in prison, the order said.
Treisman was detained without bail. Judge Joe L. Webster, a federal magistrate in Durham, North Carolina, noted that while the teenager had no previous criminal history, the court concluded that “the record establishes with clear and convincing evidence that no combination of available release conditions could to reasonably ensure the safety of the community. “
Neither federal prosecutors nor Trasman’s attorney immediately returned a request for comment early Friday.