By Tara Law | Time |
A Las Vegas security guard who allegedly plotted to attack a synagogue and the LGBTQ community is facing criminal charges for owning the parts of a bomb, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada announced in a statement on Friday.
Conor Climo, 23, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of possessing an unregistered firearm and for allegedly owning parts of an explosive device at his home in Las Vegas, the statement said. He was arrested after an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is led by the FBI.
Throughout 2019, in encrypted online messages with members of the neo-Nazi group the National Sociality Movement, Climo allegedly talked about attacking a Las Vegas synagogue and building explosive devices such as Molotov cocktails. In the messages, he used racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs and described “conducting surveillance” at a bar he believed to be a meeting place for the LGBTQ community, the complaint said.
Climo allegedly also admitted that he had tried and failed to recruit a homeless person to help him scope out a synagogue and other locations for a potential attack.