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Neo-Nazi extremist charged with trying to buy assault weapons

May 14, 2020 David Brand
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A Bayside man whose Instagram account glorified anti-Semitic killings was arraigned in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday after prosecutors say he tried to purchase illegal assault rifles with defaced serial numbers.

Joseph Miner, 29, was arrested with his neighbor Tuesday night at a hotel near LaGuardia Airport, where prosecutors say the men attempted to purchase a cache of weapons, including the modified assault rifles.

Miner, a former Cardozo High School and Queens College track star, maintained a hate-filled Instagram account under the name “Souljagoy,” in which he identified himself as a “Far Right Propagandist.”

Instagram posts and messages entered into evidence allegedly show Miner giving the Nazi salute in a photo with the text “God I hate women jews and n——,” holding a knife in a photo captioned “overthrowing [Jews] is our Christian duty,” celebrating the anti-Semitic attack in Monsey, NY and praising Hitler.

Miner was arraigned before Magistrate Judge Robert Levy.

Federal prosecutors and Miner’s defense attorney Benjamin Silverman agreed on a permanent order of detention during Miner’s initial appearance Wednesday afternoon.

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