Four militia members accused of obstructing ‘Boogaloo’ cop-murder probe

Four members of a Northern California militia group linked to the anti-government “Boogaloo” movement were charged Friday with trying to thwart an investigation into the shootings of two federal officers, prosecutors said.

The suspects, members of a Boogaloo sub-group called the “Grizzly Scouts,” were indicted for allegedly destroying messages on WhatsApp that authorities say were related to the May 29 murder and attempted murder of two federal security officers in Oakland, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

Charged in the indictment are: Jessie Rush, 29, Robert Blancas, 33, Simon Ybarra, 23 and 21-year-old Kenny Miksch.

Prosecutors allege they destroyed records on the messaging app, including conversations about violence against law enforcement.

The suspects also conversed in a Facebook group that contained references to the far-right movement, according to the indictment.

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All the men are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by destroying records and the destruction of records in official proceedings.

Jessie Rush, Robert Blancas, Simon Ybarra, and Kenny Miksch were charged in the indictment.
Jessie Rush, Robert Blancas, Simon Ybarra, and Kenny Miksch were charged in the indictment.
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