The leader of a plot to abduct Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer inspected a bridge for where to plant explosives so the group could delay police response to the kidnapping scene, FBI agents said.
Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta and Barry Croft were named in the criminal complaint. Charges were later announced against Paul Bellar, Shawn Fix, Eric Molitor, Michael Null, William Null, Pete Musico and Joseph Morrison.
Through confidential informants and undercover agents, the FBI monitored the plot for several months. Part of the plan included destroying a bridge so police wouldn’t be able to get to the kidnapping scene as quickly.
The first mention of the bridge in the criminal complaint refers to an Aug. 30 exchange between Garbin and an FBI informant. The informant had joined Fox and another person while surveilling Whitmer’s vacation home the day before, officials said.
Fox shared the photos from their surveillance trip with a larger group, and Garbin texted the informant to ask how the trip had gone, court records say.
The informant sent a screenshot of a map of the area, which included a bridge in the area, officials said. Authorities said Garbin responded with emojis, saying, “If the (bridge emoji) goes (finger pointing down emoji), it also (X emoji) the “wave emoji).”