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Las Vegas: 'Cop Killer Terror Plot' Foiled
A couple spent hundreds of hours plotting to abduct, torture and kill police officers in an anti-authority "domestic terror" plot, police said.
David Allen Brutsche and Devon Campbell Newman attended training sessions about the "sovereign citizen" philosophy, shopped for guns, found a vacant house and rigged it to bind captives during interrogation.
The pair also recorded videos to explain their actions and why officers had to die, Las Vegas police said.
Police said the plan unravelled because an undercover officer was with them, documenting and recording the alleged plot over a four month period.
Newman, 67, of Las Vegas, was "a bit nervous", according to a police report. She asked at one meeting to unplug the television because she thought authorities could use it to listen to their conversations.
Brutsche 42, a convicted child sex offender from California, practised stalking Newman, posing as a police officer and putting a gun to her head to take her into custody, the report said.
Heavily-armed police swooped on the couple's apartment about three miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, foiling a carefully planned operation to draw the world's attention to the sovereign citizen cause, Las Vegas police Lt James Seebock said.
He characterized the case as a "domestic terror plot".
He added: "The suspects believed that once the first kidnapping and execution was accomplished, they would be compelled to keep repeating their actions, kidnapping and killing multiple officers."
According to the arrest report, Brutsche said on July 9: "We need to arrest the police and take them to our jail and put them in a cell and put them on trial in a people's court.
"If we run into the position that they resist, then we need to kill them."
Federal authorities regard sovereign citizen extremists as domestic terrorists. Authorities have linked sovereign citizen groups with violent confrontations in recent years, including deadly police shootings in Louisiana and Arkansas.
Brutsche and Newman were taken to the Clark County jail in Las Vegas ahead of court appearances on charges including conspiracy to commit murder and attempted kidnapping.
Police said that when Brutsche was arrested, he denied that police had authority to hold him.
Newman told a KLAS-TV reporter in a jailhouse interview that she didn't really think Brutsche was serious about kidnapping and killing police, and that officers overstepped their authority in arresting her.