Thursday morning, St. Louis Post-Dispatch released a report that two men were arrested for attempting to assassinate Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and the local prosecutor. Jackson spoke to NBC News telling them he was warned about a plot but did not know the details and this was not the first threat against his life. The two men charged are Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis; they were indicted last week on weapons charges and are expected to be charged for the recently detailed plot. They were placed under surveillance after officials learned of the plan to buy guns and explosives to make pipe bombs, two federal officials told NBC News.
The two men attempted to purchase what they believed was a pipe bomb during a law enforcement sting. The men wanted to acquire two more bombs but could not afford to do it until one suspect’s girlfriend’s Electronic Benefit Transfer card was replenished. Baldwin and Davis pleaded not guilty in a hearing Tuesday. At a second hearing, prosecutors were prepared to argue that both should be held in jail until trial. An FBI agent was present, and photographic or video evidence was ready to play. But both defendants waived their right to make a case for bail, so the hearing did not proceed. The Post did not know if the men planned to use the bombs to kill both the Police Chief and the Prosecuting Attorney. (Read More..)
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