An American of Romanian origin was arrested yesterday after the FBI searched his house in Queens. The search was requested following online threats that were allegedly posted following last week’s riots in the US Chapter, writes nbcnewyork.com
The suspect, identified as Eduard Florea, was arrested by the FBI on a weapons charge, a law enforcement official said. The FBI did not comment on the specific allegations, only confirming that an arrest had been made.
However, Florea, who is believed to be responsible for online threats, does not appear to have been at the Capitol during the protests, a law enforcement source said. Some of the posts allegedly talked about organizing an armed caravan to go to Washington DC following the protests that led to the deaths of five people, said two senior law enforcement officials.
Florea has also been arrested and convicted in the past on charges of possession of weapons in 2014, according to a senior law enforcement official. He was sentenced to one year in prison after police found dozens of weapons in his possession on Staten Island, a senior police official said.
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