Indiana Man Arrested With Explosives And Guns On Way To L.A. Pride Was Staunch Bernie Supporter
Police say James Wesley Howell was headed to a Los Angeles gay pride event with assault rifles and explosive materials.
The apparent Facebook page of a heavily armed man who told police he was headed to a Los Angeles-area gay pride parade is full of pictures of himself with his car and includes a number of political posts. But it shows no enmity for gays or membership in any movement.
The man in the Facebook page appears to be the same James Wesley Howell in a picture released by police, and the page includes several pictures of a white Acura sedan like the one Howell was arrested in on Sunday.
The page’s most recent public post, from June 3, shows a photo comparing Adolf Hitler to Hillary Clinton. An anti-Clinton, pro-Bernie Sanders photo was posted in February.
The page says he lives in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and he went to high school in nearby Louisville, Kentucky. He works as an auditor at a company that makes air filtration products.
Police say 20-year-old Howell was arrested with three assault rifles and chemicals for making explosives in Santa Monica, California, early Sunday. He was in a vehicle registered to Indiana.