John Huggins wanted to kill Utah police officers and then blow up a police station to spark a revolution against the government, authorities have claimed.
The 47-year-old was arrested on Thursday and charged with possessing an unregistered destructive device. He made his first appearance in federal court on Friday.
Authorities said he built a homemade bomb and had explosive materials and instructions for making a bomb.
Utah police found John Huggins after a “concerned citizen” alerted them that he planned to blow up a Bible study group. The tipster also said that Huggins buried bombs around the city of Ogden.
Police later determined that the tip was incorrect, but found that Huggins instead planned to plant a bomb at the Tremonton Police Department. He also planned to gun down two officers before detonating the bomb, authorities allege.
Huggins believed these actions would spark an anti-government sentiment that would turn into a full-blown revolution.
“Huggins stated that he thought that this action would cause the community to rise up against the government,” federal authorities said.
The police had other evidence against John Huggins. They said a confidential informant met with him several times, and even purchased a USB thumb drive that contained information on bomb building, drug making, and booby traps.
They also found notebooks during filled with evidence during a raid two months ago.
“Inside these notebooks were notes written by Huggins that were surveillance logs of the activities of Tremonton police officers including their call signs,” according to investigators. “It is known that Huggins had manufactured explosive devices in the past that had to be detonated by the Cache County Bomb Squad.”
Huggins is one of a number of anti-government suspects in recent months. In November, 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia was accused of opening fire inside Los Angeles International Airport, killing a TSA worker. It was later discovered that Ciancia holds strong anti-government views.
Utah suspect John Huggins faces 10 years in prison if convicted.