Illinois man faces terrorism charge after plan to destroy Oklahoma churches found
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL World Correspondent
Friday, October 05, 2012
10/05/12 at 5:57 PM
MIAMI, Okla. — An Illinois man was charged Friday with possessing an incendiary device and violating the Oklahoma anti-terrorism act after police discovered the ingredients for Molotov cocktails and notes on destroying 48 local churches at a Miami motel.
Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, was being held without bail in the Ottawa County jail.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has taken the lead in the investigation, according to Miami police.
Tom Crowley, a ATF spokesman, said federal charges would likely be filed in the case.
Miami police found detailed maps and torn-up pieces of paper in Weiler’s motel room, according to an arrest affidavit filed Friday in Ottawa County District Court. When reassembled, the papers were handwritten notes detailing a recipe for making Molotov cocktails and a list of 48 local churches, the affidavit states.
The notes also depicted a hand-drawn map of the churches grouped and circled with a key detailing how many nights they met and how many people attended, the affidavit states.
Miami Police Chief George Haralson said the targets were churches in Ottawa County.
“There are no further threats to the Miami churches or churches in the area,” Haralson said.
Police also discovered a purple handwritten journal in the motel room. According to the arrest affidavit, one entry reads: “Self Promote for the next 4 years while beginning list of goals written out in Oklahoma having to do with destroying and removing church buildings from U.S. a tiny bit at a time - setting foundation for the years to follow.”
Police found in the motel’s Dumpster a green military bag containing 50 brown glass bottles with gray duct tape attached and a section of cloth.
The bag also had one brown glass bottle, a funnel, sections of blue-and-white plaid sheets and an unknown green object. An unopened bottle of lighter fluid was found in the trash container and a five-gallon red gas can was located nearby, the affidavit states.
In the motel room police found receipts for those items along with beer bottle caps and an empty 20-count case of beer, the affidavit states.
Gregory Arthur Weiler II