Two young white men have been charged by police with making threats or conveying false information concerning acts of terrorism after they threatened to shoot up the XS nightclub at Encore Las Vegas on the Strip.
Braxton Ryback (left) and Johnny Young could face prison under terrorist offenses even though their threats did not result in actual harm.
According to arrest reports, Johnny Young, 22, and Braxton Ryback, 25, were ejected by security from the club just after midnight on August 10 because they had been threatening clubgoers and allegedly chanting slogans like “white privilege, white power, we are white supremacists,” while holding their fists in the air.
Police were called when the pair threatened a shooting and told security they would “take out anyone who stands in their way.”
According to the report, officers trespassed Ryback but Young fled, only to return at around 1am when he was taken into custody by security. Young was then trespassed and released, at which point he threatened to shoot a security guard.
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Young returned to the club at about 6:45am armed with a can of pepper spray and was arrested by police.
Young later told police he had the pepper spray for protection and had no intention of hurting anyone. He also tried to shift the blame onto Ryback, claiming he had made the threats because he was “drunk and angry” but that Ryback had done so “because he is into that.”
Young admitted the pair were both members of a National Socialist online message board, where they shared ideas.
Ryback refused to speak when interviewed by police.
A search warrant turned up guns, ammunition and various ID cards from Nevada and Belgium, while a BB gun and a hard drive, the contents of which was not disclosed, were found in Young’s car.
Making terrorist threats is a Category B felony in Nevada, punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 at the judge’s discretion.
Under Nevada law, any word or action by an individual or group that police believe may be related to terrorism can subject them to criminal prosecution for terrorist threats, regardless of whether those threats resulted in actual harm.
Earlier this month, the FBI arrested Las Vegas resident Connor Climo, an alleged member of Atomwaffen Division, a National Socialist organization devoted to provoking the Racial Holy War through lone-wolf attacks.
Authorities believe Climo was planning attacks on Las Vegas synagogues and an fag bar in Fremont St.