FBI Arrests White Supremacist Over Plot To Blow Up Historic Colorado Synagogue

The FBI has charged a Colorado white supremacist in a plot to bomb the historic Colorado synagogue Temple Emanuel and incite a racial holy way, federal officials said Monday, reports The Denver Post.

Richard Holzer, 27, was arrested Friday in Pueblo just after two undercover agents brought him what he believed were two pipe bombs along with 14 sticks of dynamite to blow up the synagogue early Saturday morning.

According to court documents, Holzer described what he thought were explosives as “absolutely gorgeous” and said they should go ahead with the attack that same night to avoid police.

Holzer brought a knife, a mask and a copy of “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler with him, FBI Special Agent John Smith wrote in the affidavit.

He called the plan his “mountain” and referred to Jews and the synagogue as a “cancer,” according to the affidavit.

“Like, this is a move for our race,” the affidavit quotes Holzer as saying to agents. “One of these days, we’re probably gonna do something where one of us, couple of us even, probably won’t come back.”

When an undercover agent mentioned that his plan to bomb the temple could kill someone inside, “Holzer stated that he did not think anyone would be there, but that if they were, Holzer would not care because they would be Jews,” Smith wrote in the affidavit.

Holzer also threatened to poison the temple’s water supply to kill congregants as one of his options to get the synagogue to shut down, “to make them know they’re not wanted here,” according to the affidavit.

He was charged Monday with intentionally attempting to obstruct persons in the enjoyment of their free exercise of religious beliefs, through force and the attempted use of explosives and fire, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado.

Holzer faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.