Sheriff: Man Arrested For Gun, Has Militia Ties

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

48-year-old Richard McLeod of Brighton has been arraigned on felony charges, after deputies found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his car without a concealed weapons permit. But it's what else they found that has the FBI now investigating.

Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth says McLeod was shaking and sweating when deputies stopped him for speeding in Webberville Monday night. He then told deputies he's part of a Michigan militia.

In his 1991 Ford Explorer, deputies say they found a bullet-proof vest, black powder, knives, a hatchet, anti-government material, pamphlets on how to make bombs and more. They say they also found a picture of the president, and quotes from Adolf Hitler on his car.

None of these things besides the gun are illegal, but Wriggelsworth says the combination of it all has piqued the FBI's interest, and they're now investigating too.

Local militia organizations say they have no connection to or record of Richard McLeod. Both Capitol City Militia, based in Lansing, and the South East Michigan Volunteer Militia out of Livingston County say they have never heard of McLeod and he is not associated with them. They also tell me they do not condone any sort of violence or violent acts in their militias.

McLeod will face a preliminary hearing Sept. 23 at 9:30 a.m. with Judge Boyd in Mason. He remains in jail Tuesday night on a $15,000 cash surety bond.

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