FBI, Austin Cops Nail Antifa Members. Facebook Used in Target Raid

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
By Paul Martin

by R. Cort Kirkwood
Tuesday, 09 June 2020

Authorities in Austin, Texas, have arrested three members of a Maoist Antifa subsidiary for looting, burglary, and destruction of property at a Target store.

One of the suspects, KVUE-ABC reported, used a Facebook page to encourage support and recruit participants for the raid.

Facebook has not removed the page for the group with which the suspects are affiliated or the one used to promote the attack, which cost the retailer $20,000.

Target Targeted on Facebook

The affidavit released by the Travis County District Attorney says the three suspects were “among a group of 20 to 30 people massing at the front doors to Target,” KVUE reported, and “Austin police ‘knew several of the group members belonged to the former Austin Red Guards, which is a self-identified communist/socialist ANTIFA group’”:

The arrest affidavit stated that Lisa Hogan, 27, of Austin, was streaming a Facebook Live video on the Mike Ramos Brigade Facebook page “urging people to come down to the Target and ‘join us, even if you do not want to loot’.” Austin police said it monitored the Facebook Live from a different location and matched the event with what was being observed in person, according to the arrest affidavit….

Within minutes of the Facebook feed being started, numerous vehicles pulled into the parking lot and the occupants of those vehicles walked towards the front of the Target store…. Officers observed a man, identified as Samuel Miller, 21, of Austin, begin to smash and rip security cameras from the building. Several others began to rip plywood from the doors of the Target store, according to the affidavit….

When members of the Austin Police Department Special Response Team showed up, Hogan and four other members of the protest rapidly walked from the front of the store through the strip center parking lot. APD said officers saw four of the five members get into a black sedan, which was driven by a man identified by police as Skye Elder, 23, of Austin.

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