The state attorney's office has announced on Tuesday additional arrests and released detailed information into an investigation of a Central Florida white supremacist organization.
Details about Tuesday's arrests have not been released, however, agents on Monday arrested Richard Adam Stockdale, 23; Dustin Ryan Perry, 20; and Christopher John Brooks, 26, on charges of hate crimes, criminal conspiracy and teaching paramilitary training (showing another person to make or use a firearm).
Perry's brother, Dyllan, said his brother is not a racist. He said he met Brooks and Stockdale in a bar and became friends but he doesn't believe he had anything to do with the organization.
According to arrest affidavits, the group "American Front" planned for a "race war" in which they planned to kill minorities, Jews and immigrants. The state attorney's office describes the AF as an anti-Semitic, white supremacist organization that is known as a domestic terrorist organization.
The affidavit says the plans included a disruption at Orlando City Hall. They were building a fortified compound in the outskirts of St. Cloud, where they seized a stockpile of weapons, the affidavit states. Investigators said the compound, which is located off of Harris Street east of Holopaw, is surrounded by barbed wire and was going to be a "refuge and militia headquarters when the U.S. government fell and the race wars began."
The AF had been training white supremacists to fire assault rifles, build explosives, throw knives and attack using military hand-to-hand combat techniques, according to the affidavit. Investigators said every Saturday, new recruits would undergo mandatory weapon training with AK-47s and sniper rifles.
An undercover informant aided investigators for almost two years as he infiltrated AF meetings. The informant found that AF was not only plotting attacks on different races, but on other skinhead groups that are anti-racism, including a few in Brevard County. Investigators believed the violence between the group was looming, so they moved in and made arrests.
A former member of the white supremacists told the informant that, "American Front members would consider law enforcement entering the compound for any reason to be provocation worthy of self defense." Law enforcement officials said they believed if they went on the compound property they would be ambushed.
The investigation found that the AF was still active and looking to expand. Investigators said AF members were instructed to hang out at Old Town in Kissimmee to search for new recruits in January 2012.
In addition to the new arrests, seven people were arrested over the weekend on the same charges, according to the state attorney's office.
Local directors of the American Front organization Marcus Faella, his wife, Patricia Faella, and Mark McGowan were arrested Friday. Authorities also arrested McGowan's wife, Jennifer McGowan, 25; Diane Stevens, 28; Kent McLellan, 22 and Paul Jackson, 25, for their involvement in the AF, according to court documents.
The undercover informant said he believed Marcus Faella was trying to make Ricin, which the government considers a weapon of mass destruction.
The state attorney's office said it won't release any other information about the investigation until charging decisions were made.