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White supremacist arrested for planning to bomb Colorado synagogue

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White supremacist, 27, is arrested in FBI sting for planning to bomb a Colorado synagogue in what he called a ‘racial holy war’ to wipe it ‘off the map’

  • Richard Holzer, 27, was arrested in Pueblo, Colorado on Friday for allegedly planning to bomb the historic Temple Emanuel synagogue
  • He was taken into custody moments after undercover FBI agents gave him what were supposedly two pipe bombs and dynamite to carry out the attack
  • The agents said Holzer described the explosives as ‘absolutely gorgeous’ 
  • He also allegedly told the agents that they should go ahead with the attack overnight to avoid police 
  • The investigation into Holzer began after an undercover FBI agent purporting to be a woman who supports white supremacy contacted him on Facebook 

Richard Holzer, 27, has been arrested for allegedly planning to bomb a Colorado synagogue

Richard Holzer, 27, has been arrested for allegedly planning to bomb a Colorado synagogue 

A suspected white supremacist has been arrested for allegedly planning to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue. 

Richard Holzer, 27, was arrested on Friday just moments after FBI undercover agents bought him what were supposedly two pipe bombs and dynamite to blow up Temple Emanuel in Pueblo.

The agents said Holzer described the explosives as ‘absolutely gorgeous’ and said they should go ahead with the attack overnight to avoid police.  

Holzer is accused of planning the attack in what he called a ‘racial holy war’ to wipe the synagogue ‘off the map’. 

The investigation into Holzer began after an undercover FBI agent purporting to be a woman who supports white supremacy contacted him on Facebook back in September. 

Holzer, 27, was arrested on Friday just moments after FBI undercover agents bought him what were supposedly two pipe bombs and dynamite to blow up Temple Emanuel in Pueblo

Holzer, 27, was arrested on Friday just moments after FBI undercover agents bought him what were supposedly two pipe bombs and dynamite to blow up Temple Emanuel in Pueblo

The FBI said they have been monitoring his various Facebook accounts where he allegedly been speaking to multiple white supremacists about plans to attack Jewish groups. 

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Holzer is accused of telling the undercover agent that he wanted to poison members of the synagogue.

He also allegedly claimed to have paid a Mexican cook to ‘hex and poison’ synagogue members by putting arsenic in the water pipes. 

He is scheduled to face court on Monday on one count of attempting to obstruct religious exercise by force using explosives and fire.  

The Temple Emanuel synagogue is the second-oldest in Colorado and was completed in 1900. 

It has a congregation of about 30 families and a rabbi from Denver who travels to Pueblo twice a month. 

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