Couple arrested for plot to kidnap, kill Las Vegas police officers
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Two people have been arrested in Las Vegas for plotting to capture and kill a Las Vegas police officer.
42-year-old David Allan Brutsche and 67-year-old Devon Campbell Newman were arrested Wednesday after a months-long undercover investigation that began in April.
Police say that the couple belong to a "sovereign citizen movement" and had "expressed a deep hatred" for police on numerous occasions.
They also targeted officers for "perceived violations of Constitutional Civil Rights" during traffic stops.
According to a police report, Brutsche and Newman planned to kidnap a random officer, keep the officer in a makeshift "jail," and then try the officer in a sovereign court of law.
After obtaining a conviction, the pair planned to kill the officer and dispose of the officer's body by using bleach, vinegar and heavy-duty trash bags.
Brutsche and Newman met with undercover officers multiple times to discuss their plans and hatred of police.
Brutsche made numerous statements that he would not go to prison and would "gladly die" for the sovereign citizen cause in a shootout with law enforcement when confronted.
Newman also said that she would be willing to shoot police officers and participate in the kidnapping plot.
In May of this year, Brutsche told the undercover officers that he was ready to begin carrying out their plan.
And in June, Brutsche and Newman conducted two classes attended by undercover agents on Sovereign Citizen ideology.
During a meeting with undercover agents in July, Brutsche told undercover officers that the Sheriff needed to be removed because he was terrorizing people.
In late July, undercover police officers picked up the couple with the intent of helping them find police officers making traffic stops. The couple wanted to film the officers and use that film for informational purposes as they refined their "snatch and grab" plan.
On Aug. 12, undercover officers brought the couple to a police-controlled house. Brutsche and Newman were allowed to begin building their "jail."
It was at this point that police say Brutsche and Newman shifted from their planning phase to an operational phase.
The couple was placed on around-the-clock surveillance in fear that would come across a police officer that had no idea of their plans.
On Aug. 14 and 15, the couple met with police to make video statements about their cause to be broadcasted to the public.
On Aug. 20, during a meeting at the house, they were asked if they were "truly prepared" to kidnap and kill an officer. Both of them replied yes.
It was at that time that the decision was made to arrest the pair and SWAT moved in.
According to the police report, Brutsche tried to argue with officers about his rights after the arrest and denied any plot to kill police officers. He then invoked his right to remain silence.
Brutsche is a six-time convicted felon and a registered sex offender.
The pair were booked into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder, among other charges.
Members of the sovereign citizen movement believe they are only answerable to common law and do not recognize federal, state or municipal laws. The FBI classifies "sovereign citizens" as domestic terrorists.
There are about 100,000 "hardcore" members of the movement, according to published reports.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has scheduled a press conference this afternoon to talk about the plot.