Vallejo man linked to Three Percenters charged with conspiracy to bomb Napa mechanic – JohnGlidden.com
by Scott Morris | July 16, 2021
VALLEJO – Vallejo man accused of being an accomplice in alleged plot to blow up Democratic headquarters in Sacramento was arrested this week and charged in federal court with conspiracy and destruction of evidence, federal prosecutors said .
Jarrod Copeland, 37, was arrested in Sacramento on Wednesday, according to an announcement from the US prosecutor’s office. He previously worked as an auto technician at a Napa store owned by Ian Rogers, 45, who was arrested and charged in January with possession of explosives. Rogers was also indicted in a Napa County state court with multiple counts relating to possession of illegal firearms and explosives, which are still pending. A new indictment released Thursday also charges Rogers with possession of illegal firearms, including a belt-fed MG-42 machine gun.
According to prosecutors, Copeland and Rogers were members of the Three Percenters, a loose-knit anti-government militia group that has been linked to other bombing plots across the country. Specifically, records and evidence reviewed by John Glidden.com indicate that the two were members of the Three Percenter United Patriots, or 3UP, a branch of the Three Percenters originating in Colorado that has members across the country, including the United States. Solano County.
Court records indicate that Copeland argued his three percent group were only “preppers,” but prosecutors wrote that “the ethics of groups like the so-called ‘3% -ers’ are armed rebellion against the federal government, which they compare to a tyrannical occupying power.
Rogers, previously a resident of American Canyon, had owned British Auto Repair of the Napa Valley since 2013. According to Copeland’s Facebook profile, he attended high school in Kentucky, but prosecutors said he lived in California. since 2007. Copeland’s LinkedIn profile indicates that he was a mechanic in the Rogers store from 2011-2014. After that, he joined the US military and was arrested for desertion in 2014 and 2016, when he was released, according to court records. After his release, he joined the Three Percent. Most recently, his LinkedIn profile indicates that Copeland worked in sales for Snap-On Incorporated, which sells high-end tools and equipment.
While the two have been affiliated with Three Percenters for years, the indictment alleges that they planned violence in direct response to the 2020 election. Using encrypted communications, they began planning attacks at the end of 2020, when Rogers texted Copeland, “Ok bro, we have to hit the enemy in the mouth”, and Copeland replied “Yes, so we hit soros”, apparently referring to the billionaire George Soros, who frequently funds progressive political campaigns. Rogers said: “I think right now we are attacking the Democrats.”
Rogers then suggested they attack the governor’s mansion of California, and Copeland replied, “That’s the best target too, I think.” They discussed either bombing him or shooting him with automatic weapons. A few days later, they discussed the attack on the Democratic headquarters building in Sacramento and, according to court records, they continued to plot to attack that building for the next 6-8 weeks.
“I will leave an envelope with our requests and intentions,” Rogers wrote on November 27. “Basically, we are declaring war on the Democratic Party and all traitors to the republic.”
Copeland told investigators he didn’t think they were serious and was just listening to Rogers “let off steam,” but court records indicate he encouraged Rogers, telling him that if President Donald Trump doesn’t When the election votes were counted on January 6, “we hit” and “If they don’t listen to Trump, they’ll hear us. “
Copeland tried to enlist help from other Three Percenters and the Proud Boys, another far-right group, according to court records. Investigators found evidence that he submitted a form on the Proud Boys website in late 2020.
On January 6, when a mob of rioters stormed the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, and attempted to stop the vote count, Copeland texted Rogers saying “REVOLUTION,” “REVOLUTION” and “I’m fucked up with juice! !!! ” and “I’m about to put on my gear, drive, and punish the dodgers.”
After the attack in Washington, they further discussed the plan and also discussed the attack on Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco and Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, calling them a “bird” and “face,” respectively. “. Copeland replied: “I agree” and “plan of attack”. They planned to carry out the attacks after the inauguration on January 20, according to court records.
The Napa County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI began monitoring Rogers and Copeland after receiving a clue that they were planning to commit violence. Napa Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Rogers on January 15 and searched his home and business. Investigators seized between 45 and 50 firearms, including assault rifles and three machine guns, five homemade bombs and 15,000 rounds.
After learning of Rogers’ arrest, Copeland informed a leader of their militia group, who prosecutors say advised Copeland to change their communications platform and “kill everything.”
Copeland deleted all of his text messages with Rogers before investigators raided his residence the next day. Investigators seized three pistols, an assault rifle and a hunting rifle, as well as “purses” containing clothing, identity documents, food, tactical equipment, gun magazines. fire and zipper handcuffs. Investigators also seized steroids and alleged that Rogers and Copeland had abused them. According to prison records, Copeland was incarcerated that day on suspicion of conspiracy, but was not charged and was released three days later.
Rogers remained in custody and was charged with numerous gun crimes in state court on January 20 and possession of explosives in federal court on January 26.
Although Copeland was arrested and released in January, in a detention petition filed Thursday by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, prosecutors argued he was a threat and could not be cleared. to be released. “All of the political and social conditions that motivated them to plan what they themselves described as a terrorist attack remain,” prosecutors wrote. “The only way to protect the public is to make sure Copeland remains in custody.”
If found guilty, both could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Scott Morris is a freelance journalist in Oakland covering police, protests and civil rights. If you appreciate his work, consider making your contribution.