Ohio woman arrested, accused of plotting violent attack on a bar
TOLEDO, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - A woman who is accused of plotting a mass attack on a bar was arrested on charges of transporting explosives with intent after a citizen tipped off police about someone with weapons talking about a desire to plan an attack.
When Elizabeth Lecron, 23, was arrested Monday morning she was in possession of multiple firearms and parts that are often used to create pipe bombs, according to the FBI. Police were first tipped off about the possible violence in June, and passed the tip to the Join Terrorism Task Force. Lecron was soon identified as the suspect.
Investigators say Lecron was active on social media, where she often glorified the Columbine gunmen, the Charleston, SC church shooting, and other mass shooters. Since June, she has been in contact with Dylann Roof in federal prison, according to FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fortunato .
Roof is on death row for the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The white supremacist gunned down nine African-American church members after joining them for a prayer service.
Investigators say she wanted to commit an "upscale mass murder" and her master plan was to attack a bar in Toledo. She also reportedly talked about meeting with other anarchists and attacking a livestock farm to set the livestock free, and talked about targeting a pipeline.
The FBI says when she was asked by undercover investigators about possible innocent bystanders getting killed, she reportedly replied she didn't care because "they are probably part of the problem."
Investigators say Lecron bought elements for a pipe bomb on Dec. 8, including two pounds of gunpowder and over 600 screws likely to be used as shrapnel. While the FBI says they didn't believe at any point the public was in danger, they didn't want to wait any longer to arrest her, on the risk that she might find someone like-minded that would help with her plans.
In a separate, unrelated case, a Toledo-area man was also arrested on terror-related charges. Damon Joseph, 21, is accused of attempting to provide support to foreign terrorist organizations and investigators say she was planning an attack on Toledo-area synagogues.
Both were due in federal court Monday.