MELBOURNE, Florida — Alleged members of the American Front organization that were arrested by a Joint-FBI anti-terrorism task force had allegedly planned to attack a skin-head group in Melbourne, Florida on May 1, 2012 according to an arrest affidavit.
The American Front had traveled to Brevard County often, and allegedly purchased a 12 guage shot gun at a Wal-Mart Super Center in Melbourne in 2005 that was used in the suicide of one of its members while the leaders of the group, Marcus Faella and his wife Patti, were visiting Marcus’ father in Palm Bay, Florida.
Three of those arrested are from Brevard County: 27-year-old Christopher John Brooks of Palm Bay, Florida; 25 Jennifer Lyn McGowan of Cocoa, Florida; and 29-year-old Mark Stuart McGowan of Cocoa, Florida. The other members who were arrested had addresses listed in either St. Cloud or Kissimmee, Florida
According to excerpts of the arrest affidavit:
“The American Front is a militia-styled, anti-Semitic, white supremacist, Skinhead organization and is a known domestic terrorist organization. Marcus Faella has been planning and preparing the merican Front for what he believes to be an inevitable race war. Faella statèd his intent during the race war is to kill Jews, immigrants, and other minorities…
[One of those arrested] Kent McLellan had been given a second chance to associate with American Front. McLellan was tasked by Faella to start hanging around with “SHARPS” (Skin Heads against Racial Prejudice) and act as a double agent. Faella told McLellan he wanted him to lure “SHARP” members to an undisclosed location for an ambush. McLellan agreed. Faella also wanted to hunt down members of the REDS (A group that is Anti-racism Skinheads) as well and beat them up…
Faella began to learn about an anarchist protest day around the country on May 1, 2012. This event is known as “May Day”. Faella learned that members of the REDS were going to protest in Melbourne on that day. Faella wanted to retaliate against REDS and asked the group if it was a good idea… AF members began to travel to Melbourne and recon the area. When traveling they used several cars. One of the cars was used was to stash weapons inside to include and other firearms – This vehicle which was driven by Paul Jackson was present in case they found RED members…
Faella put a plan in motion and told AF members they were going to counter protest the REDS on May 1 and start an altercation. Faella also advised they were looking for a RED member by the name of Dillon LNU, who lives in Melbourne, Florida. Faella planned on finding Dillon and shooting up his house. Faella with other AF members began to make up signs for the protest….
The items used to hold up the signs were actually modified as weapons to be used in an altercation with the REDS.”
Both Patricia and Marcus Faella have posted bond at $500,000 each.
|DIANE STEPHANIE STEVENS|
|DUSTIN RYAN PERRY|
|JENNIFER LYN MCGOWAN|
|KENT RYAN MCLELLAN|
|RICHARD ADAM STOCKDALE|
|MARK STUART MCGOWAN|