UPDATED: Austin man planned mass attack to celebrate 50th birthday, FBI says


Steven Boehle plotted a mass shooting for his 50th birthday on April 13 and asked a friend to video tape the attack, a federal law enforcement agent testified Thursday in federal court.

Boehle’s preliminary hearing in U.S. Western District Court provided additional details about his arrest on Monday. The FBI agent said a confidential source told authorities that Boehle had become increasing involved in “violent fantasy” and had become upset with politicians and rapists. Boehle had referred to his 50th birthday as “Holy Day.”

On April 12, the day before his birthday, Austin police executed a search warrant at a north Austin apartment where he had been living with his girlfriend. A piece of paper was attached to the front door that said, “The great miracle will take place at 8:30 a.m,” said the FBI agent.

The agent said the FBI executed a search warrant on a storage unit Boehle leased on West Oltorf and found 10 guns in additional to the three guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition police found in the apartment. Boehle is banned from purchasing firearms due to a 1993 conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence.

The agent’s testimony also revealed that Boehle is accused of selling marijuana, which was the grounds for the search warrant of the apartment. He said police found 6.3 grams of marijuana along with pipes used to smoke the drug.

Earlier: An Austin man accused of plotting a mass shooting this month is scheduled to appear in U.S. federal court on Thursday morning.

Steven Boehle, 50, was arrested Monday and charged with making a false statement in connection with the attempted acquisition of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane at 9:30 a.m. Court records show public defender David Peterson was appointed to represent Boehle.

According to a criminal complaint, a confidential source told the FBI that Boehle “exhibits sovereign citizen extremism ideology.” The six-page filing does not give many specifics about the alleged plot, but it does reveal that on April 12 Austin police seized three guns and about 1,100 rounds of ammunition from a North Austin residence where Boehle had been staying.



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