Man claiming link to Las Vegas cop deaths arrested

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Man claiming link to Las Vegas cop deaths arrested
In this undated photo provided by Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office shows Samuel Bradbury. A man authorities say claimed to be linked to a former Indiana couple who fatally shot two Las Vegas police officers is facing intimidation charges after allegedly threatening an Indiana Supreme Court justice, a second judge and two law enforcement officers. Bradbury, 22, of Pine Village, also faces federal charges that have been sealed, FBI supervisory agent Bob Ramsey of the bureau’s Merrillville office told the Lafayette Journal & Courier. (AP Photo/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill points to a surveillance video during a news conference on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Las Vegas. The video shows suspects Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller in a Wal-Mart during a shootout with police. The couple shot and killed two officers who were on their lunch break at a pizza parlor, on June 8, then went to a nearby Wal-Mart, where Amanda Miller killed a shopper who confronted her husband before police arrived. After a gun battle inside the store, Amanda Miller fatally shot her husband and then herself, police said. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LAS VEGAS, NV - UNDATED: In this handout provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), Jerad Miller poses for a mug shot on an unspecified date and location. Two LVMPD police officers, Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 31 were shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two suspects, married couple Jerad and Amanda Miller then reportedly went across the street to a Wal-Mart where they killed a third person, Joseph Wilcox, before killing themselves. (Photo by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - UNDATED: In this handout provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), Amanda Miller poses for a mug shot on an unspecified date and location. Two LVMPD police officers, Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 31 were shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two suspects, married couple Jerad and Amanda Miller then reportedly went across the street to a Wal-Mart where they killed a third person, Joseph Wilcox, before killing themselves. (Photo by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)
From Amanda Miller's (pictured right) Facebook page
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department crime scene analyst takes photos outside a Wal-Mart on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers were reported shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant near the Wal-Mart. The two suspects then reportedly went into the Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer stands in a parking lot at a Wal-Mart on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two officers were reported shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant near the Wal-Mart. The two suspects then reportedly went into the Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol officers stand near a Wal-Mart on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two officers were reported shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant near the Wal-Mart. The two suspects then reportedly went into the Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers hug near a Wal-Mart on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two officers were reported shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant near the Wal-Mart. The two suspects then reportedly went into the Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers embrace near a Wal-Mart on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two officers were reported shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant near the Wal-Mart. The two suspects then reportedly went into the Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - UNDATED: In this handout photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, officer Igor Soldo, 31, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) poses for this undated photo. Officer Soldo was one of two officers shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two suspects then reportedly went into a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - UNDATED: In this handout photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, officer Alyn Beck, 41, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) poses for this undated photo. Officer Beck was one of two officers shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two suspects then reportedly went into a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers stand near Wal-Mart employees near their store on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two officers were reported shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant near the Wal-Mart. The two suspects then reportedly went into the Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department personnel gather outside a Wal-Mart on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two officers were reported shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant near the Wal-mart. The two suspects then reportedly went into the Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers enter a Wal-Mart on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two officers were reported shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant near the Wal-mart. The two suspects then reportedly went into the Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: A Las Vegas Metropolitan police officer stands outside Cici's Pizza where two officers were killed on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two officers were reported shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant near the Wal-mart. The two suspects then reportedly went into the Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer puts a shotgun in the trunk of a police car near a Wal-Mart on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two officers were reported shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant near the Wal-Mart. The two suspects then reportedly went into the Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Doug Gillespie stands by pictures of Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller during a news conference Monday, June 9, 2014 in Las Vegas. Police say two police officers, along with a bystander, were killed by Jerad and Amanda Miller yesterday. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas Sheriff Doug Gillespie speaks during a news conference, Monday, June 9, 2014, in Las Vegas. Police say two police officers, along with a bystander, were killed by suspects Jerad and Amanda Miller yesterday. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Sheriff Doug Gillespie speaks a a news conference on the shooting of two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers, Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Laura Meltzer hangs up pictures of suspects Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller before a news conference Monday, June 9, 2014 in Las Vegas. Two police officers were having lunch at a strip mall pizza buffet when the Millers fatally shot them in a point-blank ambush, then fled to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department car is parked outside CiCi's Pizza where two officers were shot and killed by two assailants on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two suspects then reportedly went into a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person before killing themselves. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana man who claimed to run an anarchist group that commanded a couple to kill two Las Vegas police officers had never heard of the pair before the shootings, but his threats to blow up a courthouse and kill judges in the same boastful Facebook posting were taken seriously by authorities, an FBI agent testified Monday.

The testimony helped convince an Indiana magistrate judge to hold Samuel Bradbury without bond on charges of willfully threatening the use of explosive materials and to extort and threaten interstate communication. If convicted on both counts, the 22-year-old from Pine Village could face up to 15 years in prison.

Investigators found no evidence that 765 Anarchists, the group Bradbury claimed to lead, existed or that he had even heard of Jerad and Amanda Miller, who formerly lived in Lafayette, Indiana, before they killed two police officers and another person before dying in a shootout in early June, FBI agent Troy Wohlfert testified.

But when searching the home where Bradbury lived with his parents, police found three bags of aluminum powder and three bags of black iron oxide, Wohlfert said. The substances can be combined to make thermite, an incendiary device, and the only thing missing was something to ignite it, he said.

Bradbury said in the Facebook post that he would destroy the Tippecanoe County courthouse "in a blaze of glory," and that his group had gathered enough thermite and explosives "to cause extreme damage to the county's various office equipment, including police cars and buildings."

Bradbury's attorney noted that his client also wrote in his Facebook post that his comments were meant as satire. "Just to let everyone know: this is complete satire and an exercise of whether or not free speech still exists in America," Bradbury wrote as part of the post.

But the judge wasn't convinced.

"I think there's reasonable evidence that these threats were real. We don't have to accept his disclaimer," Magistrate Andrew Rodovich said during the 30-minute hearing Monday.

West Lafayette police were informed on June 21 that Bradbury had posted a Facebook message two days earlier saying he ran a group called the 765 Anarchists that had kicked the Millers out of the group because they "were losers" and confidential informants for police, according to court documents.

"I hadn't heard from him since that event, but some of our comrades gave the command and that's why Jerad and Amanda Miller killed those cops in Las Vegas," the post says.

Bradbury also wrote that, "the 765 Anarchists are looking to make waves in the 765 area (code), specifically Lafayette." He listed several targets of the group, including the Tippecanoe County sheriff, a West Lafayette police officer and two judges.

Bradbury's attorney, Ashwin Cattamanchi, said the posting was made only to Bradbury's friends on Facebook and weren't meant to be shared with the general public. He also noted that when some people commented on his post, Bradbury wrote: "This is an exercise in free speech, protected by the first amendment of our Constitution. Take it as what you will, this is simply a free speech exercise. Are any of these plans real? Not as far as I know. But it's protected free speech."

Cattamanchi denied comment after the hearing, as did Bradbury's parents.

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