Federal agents find 10,000 rounds of ammo, 15 assault rifles in home of Ohio teen
An Ohio teenager accused of suggesting "armed resistance is a viable method of political change" was arrested after investigators found more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition and 15 assault-style rifles at his home, according to an affidavit filed Monday.
Justin Olsen, 18, of Boardman, was arraigned Monday in the Northern District of Ohio on a federal charge of threatening to threaten a federal law-enforcement officer, The Vindicator newspaper of Youngstown reported.
The investigation began in February after federal agents found online comments from a user who discussed supporting mass shootings, WJW reported.
On the popular internet meme site iFunny.com, agents said Olsen, under the user name "ArmyOfChrist" discussed the mass shooting and the assault and/or targeting of Planned Parenthood, according to the affidavit.
Court documents also said that on June 2, Olsen spoke with another user about the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas. According to the affidavit, Olsen, as "ArmyOfChrist," wrote, "In conclusion, shoot every federal agent on sight."
Another post attribute to Olsen said "don't comply with gun laws, stock up on stuff they could ban," according to the affidavit. "In fact, go out of your way to break these laws, they're (expletive) stupid."
In July, FBI agents in Anchorage, Alaska, traced Olsen's email address to Boardman, The Vindicator reported. Officers with the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Olsen on Wednesday, the newspaper reported.
According to authorities, Olsen admitted making the posts but said they were “only a joke," according to The Vindicator. FBI agents and Mahoning County investigators found the ammunition and assault-style rifles, along with shotguns, camouflaged clothing and backpacks inside a gun vault in a bedroom at Olsen's home, the newspaper reported.