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PSUSD Officer Arrested in Domestic Extremism Probe Pleads Not Guilty – NBC Los Angeles

A Palm Springs Unified School District patrol officer arrested throughout an investigation into home extremism by an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force pleaded not responsible on Monday to a felony weapons cost.

Alfredo Luna Jr., 41, was arrested on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, stemming from a previous search of his house that turned up an unregistered assault rifle, in response to court docket papers.

Luna was arraigned on the Larson Justice Center in Indio earlier than Riverside County Superior Court Judge James Hawkins, who scheduled a felony settlement convention for July 23.

Luna, who stays out of custody on a $250,000 bond, is charged with one felony depend of possession of an assault weapon, which is against the law to own in California.

Court papers allege that Luna, a former Cathedral City police officer, was an adherent to the QAnon conspiracy principle and a right-wing militia group concerned in storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

John Candias, a Rialto Police Department detective and member of the duty power, wrote in a declaration in assist of arrest warrant {that a} search of the defendant’s house yielded an unregistered Smith and Wesson assault rifle beneath his mattress.

Investigators said that after they questioned Luna concerning the gun, he mentioned he had purchased it from a former co-worker on the Cathedral City Police Department throughout his time there, however couldn’t bear in mind the vendor’s identify.

Authorities mentioned additionally they seized a half-dozen different weapons registered to Luna in accordance with a brief gun and ammunition restraining order authorities had obtained in opposition to him.

Luna allegedly admitted to being an “adherent to the Qanon conspirator movement and the Three-Percenter (3%) militia group” whereas being interviewed through the search warrant execution, in response to the warrant.

QAnon is a bunch of right-wing conspiracy theorists who declare that former President Donald Trump is secretly saving the world from a cabal of child-eating Satanists, whereas the Three Percenters is a far-right, anti-government militia group.

Both teams have been linked to the riots on the U.S. Capitol constructing on Jan. 6, although it was not alleged that Luna was concerned in that motion.

Candias went on to put in writing that Luna is a “former U.S. Marine and fully capable of inflicting lethal violence.”

A separate arrest warrant alleges that Luna had been “posting messages and images of his discontent for government officials and advocates others to carry out violence” on social media and that his “behavior is consistent with pre-incident indicators of extreme violence.”

Exactly what was contained in the posts was not specified.

Palm Springs Unified School District spokeswoman Joan Boiko mentioned Luna was positioned on paid administrative go away quickly after his arrest, and that his employment with the district ended on April 7. She declined to say if he resigned or was fired.

Luna handed a background verify earlier than being employed as a patrol officer with PSUSD in the summer season of 2020, the district beforehand introduced.

Luna was employed on as a police officer with the Cathedral City Police Department in February 2006, however was terminated from that job in January 2019 resulting from “misconduct,” a division official mentioned. The official confirmed an inner investigation discovered that he falsified his time card, however that it was not the explanation he was terminated.

Luna has no documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

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