After a months-long investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), federal authorities have arrested four people in the firebombing of police vehicles with Molotov cocktails during BLM riots in Arkansas during the summer.
According to the Post Millennial, Renea Baek Goddard, 22; Brittany Dawn Jeffrey, 31; Emily Nowlin, 27, and Aline Espinosa-Villegas, 24 were charged with malicious destruction of property belonging to an entity receiving federal funding, conspiracy to commit those acts and possession of a destructive device.
New report: 4 far-left activists have been arrested following ATF investigation into firebombing attacks in Little Rock. Renea Goddard, one of the suspects, is a journalist. Other arrestees include Brittany Jeffrey, Aline Espinosa-Villegas & Emily Nowlin. https://t.co/rc5jTMUKmn
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) December 24, 2020
The authorities allege the group was involved in throwing Molotovs at police vehicles on August 25 during a violent BLM protest and again on August 28 when multiple vehicles were vandalized and attacked.
From Fox News:
“Today’s arrests send a message that violence targeted toward law enforcement will not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland stated in the release, according to FOX 16 of Little Rock. “Breaking into a police compound and firebombing a police vehicle with a homemade explosive device is clearly not a peaceful protest.”
Mostly peaceful, right? Clearly the defendants have some issues.
Goddard has worked for KUAR Public Radio in Little Rock, contributed to the LGBTQ news outlet Autostraddle and interned for Arkansas Public Media. Fox also has this description of Goddard, “Photos of Goddard posted online included an image of her in a nun-like outfit with a see-through top and slit-open leather skirt.” Alrighty, now.
Authorities accuse Jeffrey of allowing the incendiary devices to be constructed in her home. Jeffrey has been involved in numerous BLM protests and was arrested during another BLM action for criminal trespassing at a Conway, Arkansas business, accusing it of racism.
The Post-Millennial describes Espinosa-Villegas as a “transexual Chilean national” who goes by “xe” pronouns and uses the name ‘Loba de Valparaiso’ which can translate to “she-wolf.” Espinosa-Villegas is being held without bail likely because of being a Chilean national.
Good thing they busted these characters — and since it’s on federal charges, they may not get off so easily.