By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin
Minneapolis, MN – The U.S. Department of Justice announced riot charges on Friday against a suspect who is part of the anti-government Boogaloo movement after the suspect allegedly fired an AK-47 into the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct in May.
The criminal complaint filed by U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota Erica H. MacDonald said that a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigation had determined that 26-year-old Ivan Harrison Hunter had traveled from Texas to Minneapolis with the intent to participate in a riot, according to an Oct. 23 press release from the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ).
Prosecutors said the investigation started after the FBI received a tip that Boogaloo Bois were maintaining an armed presence in Minneapolis during the George Floyd riots and had discussed committing violence in the city.
“The Boogaloo Bois are a loosely-connected group of individuals who espouse violent anti-government sentiments,” DoJ explained in the press release. “The term ‘Boogaloo’ itself references an impending second civil war in the United States and is associated with violent uprisings against the government.”
The affidavit said investigators found a video that showed Hunter fired 13 rounds from an AK-47 style rifle at the 3rd Precinct on May 28, according to the press release.
Charging documents said that looters were still inside the 3rd Precinct when Hunter opened fire into the building.
The criminal complaint said that after Hunter returned to Texas, he boasted about what he had done in Minneapolis on social media, according to the DoJ.
He and three other men were arrested by San Antonio police on Oct. 21 and made initial appearances in federal court in that city the next day.
DoJ said their press release that the investigation was a joint effort by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Investigators also determined that Hunter had an online relationship with Boogaloo Bois suspect Steven Carrillo, who was charged in June with murdering a federal security officer in California and a Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputy in two separate attacks.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Steven Carrillo, 32, has also been charged for the attempted murder of a second federal security officer, NBC News reported.
His alleged accomplice, Robert Justus, has been charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the same attacks.
Investigators said they believe Carrillo is a “Boogaloo” extremist who traveled to the anti-police riots in Oakland with the intent of assassinating law enforcement officers, NBC News reported.
Carrillo and Justus allegedly believed that the riots would make it difficult for them to be identified or apprehended, police said.
“They came to Oakland to kill cops,” FBI Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco Division John Bennett said.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Protective Services Officer Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, was protecting the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building on Clay Street on May 29 when a vehicle approached the intersection at approximately 9:45 p.m., The Mercury News reported.
A gunman inside the vehicle opened fire on the contract security officers, wounding Officer Underwood and a second officer who were guarding the courthouse.
Officer Underwood was killed in the ambush, and his colleague was critically wounded, NBC News reported.
DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said that the attack was nothing less than an assassination, according to WLS.
“An assassin cowardly shot two federal protective contractors as they stood watch over a protest,” Wolf said at the time.
Acting DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said that the attack on the officers qualified as an “act of domestic terrorism.”
“Let me be clear, when someone targets a police officer or a police station with the intention to do harm and intimidate, that is an act of domestic terrorism,” Cuccinelli said, according to WLS.