CHESTERFIELD, Va. — A total of five people have been arrested in connection to a bomb plot headquartered out of Chesterfield that involved possibly attacking black churches and synagogues.
“They were just completely going in heavy duty like military style it was nuts,” said neighbor Nick Murphy as he described Sunday’s raid.
Murphy said the FBI agents were in black Suburbans and wore military style clothing as they made arrests. Two of those men were charged and have been identified as Robert Doyle and Robert Chaney.
“One of them had some scary tattoos, you can tell something was a little odd,” Murphy said.
A third man, Charles Halderman, has also been arrested for working with the men to rob a jewelry store and use the money to fund a race war. Later Tuesday, Ronald Chaney Jr. and Terry Chaney were also arrested.
FBI documents allege white supremacist meetings took place inside the Candlelamp Lane home in late September. The home belonged to Doyle and court paperwork also reported 30 rounds of ammunition were found in Doyle’s truck.
According to court records, Doyle has a lengthy criminal history including embezzlement, distribution of marijuana, and grand larceny.
“I think it’s another example of how anti-Semitism is prevalent today,” said Dr. Waitman Beorn with the Virginia Holocaust Museum.
Beorn said Jewish symbols are frequent targets for attack because the history of neo-nazism and racism are often intertwined.
“It is first and foremost rooted in hatred,” Beorn said.
The men will make their first appearances in federal court later this week.