California Police Find Nazi Literature, AR-15 in Home of Man Who Allegedly Plotted to Murder Jews

A 23-year-old man described as harboring a fascination with Adolf Hitler has been arrested and charged in connection with a potential plot to murder Jewish people, according to authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The police department in Concord, California—about 30 miles east of San Francisco—arrested resident Ross Barca on Monday. He was subsequently charged by the district attorney's office with making criminal threats, possession of an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing an illegal assault rifle. Police announced the arrest on Friday.

Farca allegedly made the anti-Semitic threats while chatting on an online video game platform. A fellow gamer reported the statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigations cyber-tip line, and, after an investigation, the statements were relayed to the Concord Police Department.

"The comments consisted of threats against Jewish people and to commit a mass shooting at a synagogue, threats to shoot law enforcement and claims to possess an assault rifle," The Concord Police Department said in a news release. "There were no specific locations included in the threats."

Farca was arrested at his home "without incident," according to the release. During a search of the property, officers found an illegal AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and several high capacity magazines, but no ammunition. The semi-automatic weapon had been constructed using a legally purchased frame, police added.

Detectives also recovered Nazi literature, camouflage clothing and a sword.

Officers were able to get an emergency Gun Violence Restraining Order against Farca, who is currently being held at the Contra Costa County jail.

The East Bay Times, which published an in-depth report on the case, cited court documents and said Barca used the username "Adolf Hitler (((6 Million)))" while gaming on Steam.

"I would probably get a body count of like 30 (Jews) and then like five police officers because I would also decide to fight to the death," Farca said in one post, according to the newspaper. Barca allegedly referred to Jews as "subhumans" in other writings.

The arrest follows a spate of killings at houses of worship and coincides with a reported rise of anti-Semitic hate crimes.

In October 2018, a gunman stormed into Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue during Shabbat morning services and murdered 11 people, injuring six others. In April 2019, another gunman entered the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego, California, and murdered 1 woman and injured three others.

Those attacks, and other non-fatal instances of harassment and violence, have caused some synagogues to install metal detectors and other infrastructure to boost security and safety.

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