Last Hutaree Member Prepared for Final Battle with Police
According to documents filed in court, when Joshua Stone, the son of the alleged leader of the Hutaree Christian Militia David Stone and the final suspect sought by the F.B.I. was arrested, he had hidden weapons in the area preparing for a showdown with police.
His court appointed attorney, James Thomas, reported to Talking Points Memo that his client was "hunkered down in fear."
After the arrest of eight other Hutaree Christian Militia members on March 27, Joshua Stone fled and went into hiding.
The Hutaree Christian Militia had been monitored by the F.B.I. for months. At the time of the arrests, it has been reported the group was planning to shoot members of law enforcement using several scenarios to lure police.
Plans were being made to ambush additional law enforcement when they gathered for services for slain officers using explosive devices.
Eight other alleged Hutaree members had been arrested March 27, but Joshua Stone, after apparently learning about the arrests, fled his home with his wife and "made a series of 'alert' phone calls to Hutaree members and also to members of other militias looking for assistance," the government alleges.
At 10 p.m. that night, Stone and five other Hutaree associates allegeldy met with the unidentified leader of "another Lenawee County militia." The filing alleges:
"The defendant told these militia members that Hutaree members were detained for unknown reasons in Ann Arbor. He also indicated that the ATF was "raiding" his residence and was looking for him. The defendant then indicated that he needed weapons, and he indicated that he wanted to sneak back into his house and take weapons. He further indicated that the Hutaree would go to war if the government did not release all Hutaree members within two hours. The defendant also stated they would already be "on" (at war with the government) if they had weapons."