WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE (10/14/16): Three men were arrested on Friday for threatening to attack an apartment complex and mosque in Garden City.
Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall says Curtis Allen, 49, Gavin Wright, 51, and Patrick Stein were all charged with domestic terrorism.
Beall said the three were planning to bomb an apartment complex and mosque in Garden City occupied by about 120 Somali refugees.
Beall said the men planned to carry out the attack on Nov. 9, the day after Election Day.
He said the men stockpiled a large cache of firearms, and ammunition.
Beall said the men planned to park vehicles full of explosives at all four corners of the Garden City apartment complex. The men said they wanted to “wake people up”.
Beall said the men wrote a manifesto, which they wanted published after the bombing. They were a part of a group called “Crusaders,” which is a hidden culture using hatred and violence, he said.
Beall said the men’s arrest is a part of an eight month long investigation.
Eyewitness News first learned about the investigation when Liberal police and the FBI shutdown multiple streets in town on Tuesday.
All three men are currently in the Sedgwick County jail on one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.
If convicted, all three could face life in prison.
Federal officials are expected to announce three arrests involving a major investigation this afternoon.
According to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall, the three were arrested Friday following that investigation.
Eyewitness News called the Liberal Police Department to get an update on the incident that occurred on Tuesday, in which there were multiple road closures and the FBI was assisting.
The department said the FBI would hold a news conference at 4 p.m., the same time the U.S. Attorney is expected to make an announcement on a major investigation.
Eyewitness News will carry that press conference live on KSCW-33 and here at www.kwch.com