Bradley Crowder, and a photo allegedly showing him with a helmet and arm pads lifting a street sign to throw onto a roadway.
Two men from Austin, Texas David Guy McKay, 22 and Bradley Neil Crowder, 23 are being held on charges that they constructed and possessed eight molotov cocktails. Police discovered the devices with the help of two confidential informants, one of whom traveled from Texas for the protests. FBI agents named the group the "Austin Area Affinity Group."
The group brought with them a rented U-Haul trailer packed with batons and homemade riot shields that had been fashioned out of traffic barrels and plexiglass. Authorities claim the shields were designed as offensive weapons because of protruding screws that held the shield together faced outward and could theoretically be pushed into police.
One informant who was traveling with the group took one of the 35 shields to the police who acted quickly and seized the trailer's contents on August 31st, before the convention began. The police did not bother to obtain a search warrant before acting on their informant's tip so it is unlikely that anyone can be charged in connection with the materials confiscated from the trailer.
The two face charges outlined in an affidavit signed by Special Agent Christopher V. Langert. Langert, 40, has been with the F.B.I. for the last 10 years and has investigated environmentally focused anarchist organizing in the past. Agent Langert also authored the affidavit that supports RNC related charges against another anarchist, Matthew DePalma. According to the affidavit McKay confessed that he did construct the molotov cocktails and he went on to implicate Crowder as his accomplice.
Since their arrests authorities have named both Crowder and McKay as "prime suspects" in the June blaze that destroyed the 152-year-old Texas Governor's Mansion. The building was burned beyond repair by a lone individual with a molotov cocktail. The act was caught on serveilance footage but no one has been arrested for the crime and no motive has yet been made public. No one was injured in by the fire.