Federal authorities have a 19-year-old man in custody who allegedly was planning to kill former Vice President Joe Biden.
Alexander Hillel Treisman was arrested in May in North Carolina after a police search of his van discovered multiple handguns and rifles, ammunition, explosive materials, books on bomb making and more than a half million dollars in cash. Details of his arrest and alleged assassination plot are contained in a federal magistrate’s order from earlier this month that was first reported by Charlotte, N.C., TV station WBTV.
The threat is considered credible and advanced by federal agents, who say the Washington state native began to formulate his plot in March when it became apparent that Biden would become the Democratic nominee for president. “Should I kill Joe Biden?” Treisman wrote in a caption to a meme he posted in April.
This is the second plot to kill Biden that has surfaced this week. On Wednesday a Trump supporter from Frederick, Md., was arrested for threatening the former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
Treisman had researched the addresses of Biden’s Delaware homes and at one point had spent time in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant just four miles from one of the residences.
Treisman’s arrest was basically happenstance. Local police had been called to check on a white van that had been abandoned in the parking lot of a bank in Kannapolis, N.C. They found the vehicle unlocked and unoccupied. Looking through the van’s windows they spotted multiple weapons, prompting them to contact federal authorities. When he returned to the van Treisman was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.
It was when police conducted a thorough search of the van that they discovered Treisman had purchased weapons in at least four states and had made numerous threatening postings on internet chat and gaming sites. In addition to threatening Biden the man also expressed a desire to carry out a mass shooting and hijacking and intentionally crashing an airplane.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Joint Terrorism Task Force testified that while searching Treisman’s electronics and discovering the Biden plot, they also found 6,721 images and 1,248 videos of child pornography on eight different digital devices. The 19-year-old is being held without bail on child pornography charges. The magistrate in the case said, “no combination of available release conditions would reasonably assure the safety of the community.”