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FBI Arrests Las Vegas Man Who Allegedly Plotted Attack On Jews, Gay Bar

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The FBI has arrested and charged a Las Vegas man who allegedly discussed attacks on a Las Vegas synagogue and a gay bar.

The complaint alleges that 23-year-old Conor Climo had been involved with white supremacist groups, possessed an AR-15, and had acquired parts to make a bomb that he allegedly planned to use to attack Jewish people and members of the LGBT community. (RELATED: Donald Trump Condemns White Supremacy After Shootings In El Pasto, Texas, And Dayton, Ohio)

“Threats of violence motivated by hate and intended to intimidate or coerce our faith-based and LGBTQ communities have no place in this country,” U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada said in a statement.

Climo is alleged to have been “making Molotov Cocktails and improvised explosive devices,” and he attempted to recruit a homeless person to help him conduct surveillance ahead of the attacks. (RELATED: A Sex Offender Set To Be Released Has Threatened To ‘Rape The First Woman He Sees’)

Climo is facing up to 10 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.

“As this complaint illustrates, the FBI will always be proactive to combat threats that cross a line from free speech to potential violence,” Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse of the FBI Las Vegas Division said in a statement.

The arrest comes as the nation deals with increased threats from militant white nationalists. Last week, 22 people were killed, and 26 were injured in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso. The suspect in the shooting is believed to have published an anti-immigrant manifesto ahead of the shooting, where he referred to an “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”