Man threatens to blow courthouse ‘to pieces,’ claims anarchist affiliation
TIPPECANOE COUNTY (June 30, 2014) – A man’s Facebook posts led to his arrest after investigators say he threatened to blow up the Tippecanoe County courthouse and kill a judge, an Indiana Supreme Court justice and two police officers.
Police also said he was connected to two former Lafayette residents who killed two police officers before dying in a shootout in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Samuel Bradbury, 22, Pine Village, was arrested on June 21 after someone tipped off police to the Facebook posts, which “describe intent to kill police general and to ‘blow the Tippecanoe County Courthouse to pieces,’” according to court documents.
The posts also included death threats against a Tippecanoe County judge, an Indiana Supreme Court justice and two Tippecanoe County law enforcement officers. Bradbury faces four counts of intimidation.
Bradbury connected himself to Jerad and Amanda Miller, former Lafayette residents who killed two Las Vegas police officers and a Walmart shopper on June 8, 2014. Police fatally shot Jerad Miller; Amanda Miller killed herself. Bradbury said the Millers were part of the “765 Anarchists,” a group formed to target local police.
Bradbury also claimed the group had gathered “thermite and explosives and that the events might involve a suicide bomber,” court documents said. Investigators executed a search warrant and found “chemical substances that from preliminary testing are items that are components of incendiary devices.”
Bradbury was being held at the Tippecanoe County Jail on $1 million bond.