13 Charged for Plotting to Kidnap Michigan Governor

A plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other political figures was spoiled in Antrim County.

Three men have now been arrested and charged in Antrim County in the investigation.

They face charges for terrorist acts and felony weapons.

This comes after at least two FBI raids Wednesday night across the state.

Here is what we know so far:

Three men, Michael Null, William Null and Eric Molitor all face terror act and felony weapons charges.

They were just formally charged in Antrim County.

The assistant attorney general, who was present during that arraignment, says these charges stem from a plot to abduct and kill political figures, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

In total, federal and state authorities unveiled charges against 13 people accused of separate plots to kidnap Gov. Whitmer over coronavirus restrictions she imposed in the state, detailing the harrowing allegations in court papers on Thursday.

Six suspects face federal charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and were arrested Wednesday.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court Tuesday and unsealed Thursday identifies the suspects as Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta.

The six are accused of plotting to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home and place her on trial for treason before the November election.

Seven more people linked to a militia group known as the Wolverine Watchmen are in custody on state charges.

The seven are accused of attempting to find the home addresses of law enforcement officers to target them, making threats of violence intended to “instigate a civil war” and engaging in planning and training to attack the Michigan capitol building and kidnap government officials, including Whitmer.

According the complaint, Fox and Croft discussed detonating explosive devices to divert police from the area of the vacation home and Fox even inspected the underside of an M-31 highway bridge for places to seat an explosive.

There are still a lot of questions we are working to answer.

We know the FBI was at a home in Cadillac Wednesday night, there was also an FBI raid happening at the same time downstate.

You can read the full criminal complaint document here: Plot to Kill Governor

We are expected to learn more details at 1 p.m. at a press conference with the attorney general, FBI and state police.

The joint press conference will stream at the top of the hour on our website, Facebook page and on the 9&10 Plus channel via the free VUit app.

The news conference will have both of Michigan’s US attorneys, Attorney General Dana Nessel and state police.