Eric James Molitor is a white man from Michigan, United States. He was involved in the thwarted plot to kidnap 49th Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer while the U.S. is battling against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Molitor and more than 10 other militia group members spent months to plot the kidnapping. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was born on January 8, 1984.
- He is related to April Ann Molitor, Susan Kay Molitor, Katlan Molitor, Aimee Mae Molitor, Charles Molitor, Jerry Eugene Molitor, Susan Kay Molitor, Alexis M. Molitor, Jordan C. Wheeler, Antoinette M. Gallero and Ezra M. Porter.
- He is a resident of Cadillac, Michigan. Aside from Cadillac, he lived in other areas of Michigan including Grand Rapids and Wyoming.
- In 2017, he worked for a company that provides respiratory and ballistic protection to the military and first responders.
- In January 2020, he submitted a resolution to commissioners in Wexford County, Michigan to make the county a “sanctuary county.” In February 2020, the board voted 9-0 to pass a resolution to making the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.
- On July 20, 2020, he shared a YouTube video condemning the charges filed against Mark T. McCloskey and his wife Patricia N. McCloskey, a married couple from St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
- He took to Facebook to praise Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot Black Lives Matter protesters Anthony M. Huber, Joseph D. Rosenbaum and Gaige Paul Grosskreutz in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA on August 25, 2020.
- On August 29, 2020, he, his co-conspirator Adam Fox and a confidential human source conducted surveillance of Whitmer’s ’s private vacation home near Elk Rapids, Antrim County, Michigan. From their vehicle, he and Fox took photographs and slow-motion video of the house as they drove by it and discussed conducting additional surveillance from the water at a later date. To estimate how long it would take law enforcement to respond to an incident at the residence, he looked up the locations of the local police department and Michigan State Police in the area.
- In the evening of October 7, 2020, Michigan State Police officers and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided his home on 10274 S 39 Road in Cadillac.
- On October 8, 2020, he and his co-conspirators William Grant Null and Michael John Null were arraigned in Antrim County.
- He was charged with providing material support for terrorist acts and carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was accused of being in possession of a firearm while providing material support to a terrorist.
- His probable cause conference is set for 1 p.m. on October 14, 2020. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on October 28, 2020. His bond was set at $250,000.
- He is tied to the militia group called Wolverine Watchmen, which planned to kidnap Whitmer and try her for treason before the 59th quadrennial U.S. presidential election on November 3, 2020 along with another group led by Fox.
(This is a developing story. Updates will be added as soon as they are available.)