Neo-Nazi who said he wanted to 'exterminate' all Latinos arrested for threatening to kill Florida woman
A Maryland man was arrested by the FBI last Friday after allegedly threatening to "enslave" and kill a Florida woman, in addition to claiming he planned to "exterminate" all Latino people.
Eric Lin, a self-professed Neo-Nazi, reportedly sent more than 150 pages of threatening messages to the woman, who remains unidentified. He was arrested in Seattle and is now being extradited to South Florida, where his trial will take place, according to the Miami Herald.
Lin sent the alleged messages through Facebook between May 20 and July 20, according to court documents. His comments range from hateful rhetoric against minorities to support for Adolph Hitler, as well as direct threats to the woman, who reportedly worked at a restaurant Lin had visited before.
"I will stop at Nothing until you, your family, your friends, your entire WORTHLESS LATIN RACE IS RACIALLY EXTERMINATED," one message read.
The woman said Lin's first message to her was an image of himself with a Hitler "filter" superimposed over his own face. A follow-up message described the photo as a "Composite of My Face with the Fuhrer."
"I FOLLOW ONLY ADOLF HITLER AND THEN GOD," Lin said in a later message. "THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME."
The hateful messages came from multiple accounts, however the woman said she believed Lin was responsible for all of them, as she witnessed him make similar comments at the restaurant where she worked.
Federal authorities were also able to find links between the pages and Lin's personal information, such as an account registered with an email address and phone number he'd been previously associated with.
Some of Lin's comments showed support for Trump, who he claimed would support sending non-white Americans to "concentration camps."
"Thank God everyday President Donald John Trump is President and that he will launch a Racial War and Crusade," one message read.
Lin also reportedly offered an unnamed person $10,000 to beat up the woman, who he claimed insulted him. He later added that the FBI likely "wouldn't care much about her," due to her ethnicity.
"You don’t need to kill her ... hurt her so at most you will be charged with Kidnapping," he messaged the unidentified person.
The FBI's announcement of Lin's arrest on Tuesday comes just weeks after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people in an attack that specifically targeted immigrants and Hispanics. After the attack, police found a series of documents published by the shooter that showed his support for white nationalist ideas.
Lin is charged with making threatening communications and had an initial court hearing on Monday. Prosecutors plan to request that he be kept in prison until his extradition and eventual trial in Florida.