On Sunday, as votes were still being tallied in one of the most hotly contested elections in United States history, Brian Maiorana took to social media with a dark and violent message, prosecutors say.
Here is everything you need to know about the New York man.
Who is Brian Maiorana? Where is he from?
Brian Maiorana is a man from State Island, New York, who is charged with sending several death threats through an undisclosed social media platform “threatening to kill and ordering others to kill protestors, politicians and law enforcement officers” between September and Sunday.
According to a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday, his posts included threats to kill people who celebrated the election’s outcome and a suggestion that the presidency had been “fraudulently stolen from us.”
How old is Brian Maiorana?
Brian Maiorana is 54 years old.
Why is Brian Maiorana arrested?
In “The Turner Diaries”, Mr. Maiorana wrote that he wanted to “blow up” an F.B.I. building and made an anti-Semitic reference to “the Jew Senator from Jew York,” a veiled threat apparently directed at Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader.
In an early morning Tuesday, the authorities arrested Mr. Maiorana at his house on Staten Island. On the same day, he was charged in court with making threatening interstate communications.
Tuesday evening, he was ordered by Brooklyn federal court t be detained pending a bail hearing.
Mr. Maiorana has been doing it since September
According to prosecutors, from September, Mr. Maiorana had used a social media platform to post several threats to kill protesters, politicians and law enforcement officers.
On October 19, he wrote on an unidentified online platform that the time had come “where pipe bombs need to be thrown into these mobs,” a reference to the protests against police brutality.
Brian Maiorana writes over people celebrating the 2020 election
Two days after the election, the complaint said, Mr. Maiorana wrote: “The carnage needs to come in the form of the extermination of anyone that claims to be a democrat.”
On Sunday, Mr. Maiorana wrote, “All right-thinking people need to hit the streets while these scumbags are celebrating and start blowing them away,” the complaint said.
Brian Maiorana used mymilitia.com
Mr. Maiorana also used the pseudonym “Proud Patriot Sailor” to post violent messages on mymilitia.com, an online meeting place and clearinghouse for right-wing extremists.
His other posts
In June, Mr. Maiorana responded on mymilitia.com to advocate for violence. He wrote, “I just joined, and right now I have no implement of war. Other than a steel police baton.”
He added that he had just ordered a “poly80 lower” and a “drilling machine” to “start manufacturing implements of war. He had bought parts for a semiautomatic pistol in June and July, the complaint said.
What Brian Maiorana’s Facebook shows
It is still unclear which online platform Mr. Maiorana used to post the violent messages against the 2020 election. However, his Facebook is topped with the hashtag #All Lives Matter and makes clear that he supports President Trump, but it shows no sign of violent messages.
What his family says
Mr. Maiorana’s family could not be reached for an interview, and as well as his lawyer, James Darrow, also declined to comment on the charges and arrest.
What we know so far
Mr. Maiorana was taken into custody at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday by members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a unit composed of F.B.I. agents and New York Police Department officers.
One law enforcement official confirmed task force members had found a semiautomatic pistol, parts for a .22 caliber pistol, a Taser, a crossbow and an expandable baton at Mr. Maiorana’s home.
The authorities also found a book titled “The Anti-Government Movement Guidebook,” and a skull mask of the kind that was often used by members of right-wing extremist groups, prosecutors said.
Brian Maiorana’s criminal history
According to prosecutors, Mr. Maiorana had been barred from owning firearms after being convicted of sexual assault in Pennsylvania in 2007.