Brian Higgins, 51, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, is accused of materially supporting a terrorist act for “his alleged involvement in an internal terrorism plan involving the storming of the Capitol building in Michigan and harming government officials,” a public prosecutor. Dana Nessel’s office said in a statement.
“Although political rhetoric in our nation can sometimes divide, I am encouraged by the united front that our law enforcement community has shown in response to this indescribable act of terror,” Nessel said.
“These were very credible and very serious threats to our elected officials and the general public, and the swift action taken by the state and federal authorities over the past week has been nothing more than heroic,”
According to the arrest warrant, Higgins was charged with “material support or resources for a terrorist organization.”
Higgins is believed to have “provided material support and resources to support terrorist acts,” according to the affidavit.
Higgins provided his night-vision goggles to monitor Whitmer’s vacation home and used a dash camera in his car to record the surveillance “to assist in abduction plans,” the statement said.
Defendants in Michigan last week were suspected of trying to identify law enforcement addresses “to direct them,” Nessel said after the arrests.
They “make threats of violence to incite civil war, and are engaged in planning and training for an operation to attack the Michigan capital building and abduct government officials, including the governor of Michigan,” Nessel said.
CNN is trying to determine if Higgins has a lawyer.
Higgins and seven others have been charged with a total of 20 state crimes charges filed by Nessel.
If convicted, Higgins faces up to 20 years in prison on charges of terrorism.
Higgins was arrested in Wisconsin on Thursday and will be extradited to Michigan, according to the news report.
No court dates have been set yet, according to the announcement.