Federal documents reveal shocking details in Toledo domestic terror cases

Federal documents reveal shocking details in Toledo domestic terror cases
Federal documents for two separate domestic terror cases out of Toledo. (Source: WOIO)

TOLEDO, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland 19 has uncovered chilling accounts of two unrelated, planned terror attacks in Northwest Ohio.

Federal documents reveal shocking details in Toledo domestic terror cases
Federal documents reveal shocking details in Toledo domestic terror cases

The FBI started tracking 21-year-old Damon Joseph of Holland, Ohio, on social media in May 2018, when he started posting support for ISIS.

Damon Joseph
Damon Joseph

JOSEPH CASE

According to the federal affidavit, an undercover agent befriended Joseph online in September.

He started sending the agent graphics and videos to help recruit new ISIS members.

In October, Joseph praised the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, telling the undercover agent, “The Jews are evil and they get what’s coming to them.”

Investigators say he started planning an attack, saying he would pick a synagogue.

“I wouldn’t want to die any other way except a martyr inshallah,”Joseph said to the undercover agent.

By December, he had narrowed down his attack plans to two synagogues in the Toledo area.

In the affidavit, it says Joseph was deciding the location based on several factors, including “which one will have the most people, what time and what day. Go big or go home.”

Joseph met with another undercover agent and they planned to carry out the shooting together.

Investigators say he sent the agent a list of “materials needed,” including an assault rifle or semi- automatic pistol.

Joseph also said he wanted to “kill a rabbi.”

Agents arrested him when he met them for the weapons on Dec. 7, in the middle of Hanukkah.

The Cleveland 19 Investigative Unit found two domestic violence cases in Joseph’s past.

In May 2016, according to a police report, he threatened to beat his grandmother if she didn’t get him $100.

She later dropped the charges.

Then, in December 2016, Joseph and his grandmother got in an argument because she wouldn’t give back his knives.

She told police he threatened to kill her and her husband.

LECRON CASE

In another unrelated domestic terror case, the FBI arrested Elizabeth Lecron, 23, of Toledo on charges of plotting a violent attack.

Lecron is accused of buying materials to make a bomb for a domestic terrorist attack.

Elizabeth Lecron, 23, was charged with one count of transportation of explosives and explosive material for the purposes of harming others and property. (Source: Lucas County Sheriff's Office)
Elizabeth Lecron, 23, was charged with one count of transportation of explosives and explosive material for the purposes of harming others and property. (Source: Lucas County Sheriff's Office)

The Cleveland 19 Investigative Unit found Lecron has no prior criminal record.

Federal investigators say she posted about mass murder on Tumblr.

In the criminal complaint, it says Lecron posted in her journal this June: “I have a vision. A vision to kill. To hunt the unwilling.”

In August, investigators say she flew to Colorado to visit the sights related to the Columbine school shooting.

She even wrote letters to Dylann Roof, the white supremacist behind the Charleston church shooting, in prison, sending him a book about Nazis.

Later in August, Lecron plotted to commit an “upscale mass murder” at a Toledo bar, according to the criminal complaint.

She told undercover agents she wanted to meet other anarchists and make a pipe bomb in September.

She wanted to target her workplace, a manufacturing plant, saying they were polluting a river behind their property.

Lecron eventually agreed to buy black powder to make a bomb this December.

Agents say she bought 665 screws, some as large as three inches.

Lecron was arrested and her house was raided.

Investigators found an AK-47, a shotgun, handguns and other materials that could be used to build pipe bombs.

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