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FBI arrests two Kentucky men associated with the 'Boogaloo Bois'

FBI arrests two Kentucky men associated with the 'Boogaloo Bois'
© Greg Nash

Federal authorities arrested two Kentucky men connected to the far-right extremist group the Boogaloo Bois, one of whom was charged in connection with a riot that broke out in Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 6. 

According to a release from the Department on Justice (DOJ), John Subleski, 32, and Adam Turner, 35, were both arrested on Thursday by the Louisville Division of the FBI. 

Subleski is charged with "using a facility of interstate commerce" to incite a riot and "committing an act of violence in furtherance of a riot." According to a criminal complaint referenced by the FBI in the press release, in concert with the riots that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan, 6, Subleski incited a riot in Louisville, Ky., communicating via social media that it was “Time to storm LMPD.” 

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Subleski's group is also accused of pointing firearms at the driver of a vehicle, blocking intersections and barricading a number of roads. The complaint alleges that later in the evening, the man is seen on video firing his weapon at a vehicle that drove through the group's barricades. He then fled the scene. 

Subleski is a member of a militia called the "United Pharaoh's Guard" which aligns itself with the Boogaloo Bois, the DOJ states.

According to the DOJ, Turner, who also identifies as part of the UPG, confronted a police officer while traveling through St. Matthews, Ky., during a protest caravan on Dec. 25. The DOJ said during the confrontation, Turner was carrying an "AR-pistol" and another handgun. He was eventually arrested for “menacing and resisting arrest.”

Turner made several social media posts after the arrest on Facebook and Twitter continuing to threaten police officers, according to the DOJ.

Both Subleski and Turner are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 17. They face up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.