ABINGDON, Va. (WFXR) — Authorities say a Dutch national and member of the Bugaloo Bois was arrested Tuesday on a federal criminal complaint for illegal possession of a firearm while being unlawfully present in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday, March 3 that 26-year-old Jaap Willem Lijbers was living in America on an I-94 Visa that expired on May 20, 2014. Immigration records showed that Lijbers never applied for adjustment or readmission.
According to court documents, Lijbers, who was residing in Raven, Virginia, frequently coordinated and communicated online with members of the Bugaloo Bois, a loosely connected group of individuals espousing violent anti-government sentiments.
Court documents allege that during some of the interactions, Lijbers encouraged other members of the Bugaloo Bois group to attend political rallies and commit acts of violence, to include taking over government buildings. Lijbers also encouraged others to participate in violent conduct against law enforcement officers in a “pig roast.”
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).