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Two Missouri men arrested with cache of weapons ahead of Trump rally in Kenosha

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 9/5/2020 Jessica Schladebeck
a man posing for the camera: Michael Karmo, 40, and Cody Smith, 33 face charges tied to illegal possession of firearms. © Provided by New York Daily News Michael Karmo, 40, and Cody Smith, 33 face charges tied to illegal possession of firearms.

A pair of Missouri roommates arrested with a huge weapons stockpile in Wisconsin earlier this week planned “to loot and possibly pick people off” amid protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake, according to a criminal complaint.

Michael Karmo, 40, and Cody Smith, 33, both of Hartville, were taken into custody at a La Quinta hotel in Kenosha county Monday on federal charges of illegal possession of firearms.

A search of the men’s vehicle and hotel room turned up an Armory AR-15 assault rifle, a Mossberg 500 AB 12-Gauge shotgun, two handguns, a silencer, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, knives, body armor, a drone and other materials, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Both men are prohibited from possessing firearms due to past criminal convictions.

The pair, who are allegedly members of the 417 Second Amendment Militia in Missouri, arrived in Kenosha Tuesday to show their support for President Trump, who toured the city and met with local officials. According to a criminal complaint, Karmo and Smith both wanted to see proof of the unrest in the region and to “see what Kenosha was like at night.”

Authorities became aware of the pair thanks to a call from a tipster, who told agents that the men intended “to loot and possibly ‘pick people off.’”

The city of Kenosha has been flooded with protesters in the days since Jacob Blake was shot seven times on Aug. 23 by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey. The 29-year-old father was left paralyzed by the shooting.

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