Paul Edward Bellar is a white man from Michigan, United States. He is a member of the militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen, which is anti-government and anti-law enforcement.
The Wolverine Watchmen 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. Here are 13 more things about Franks:
- He was born on June 1, 1998.
- He is a native of Milford, Michigan. He grew up there with his five siblings, including his older brother Thomas Euguene Bellar III. Their father Thomas Bellar Jr. lives in Columbia, South Carolina, USA where he works as a property manager.
- He is related to Donald James Bellar, Zach Carl Bellar, Robert Edward Bellar, Rebecca R. Bellar and Sonia Marie Bellar.
- Aside from Milford, he lived in various parts of Michigan including Highland, Brighton, Southfield and Wixom.
- After attending elementary and middle school in the Huron Valley School District in Oakland County, Michigan, he attended a virtual charter high school.
- While in high school, he served in the Milford Fire Department‘s cadet program.
- He trained for the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson in Columbia. In 2019, he was honorably discharged with post-traumatic stress disorder, his father told The Post and Courier.
- He was appointed the role of sergeant of the Wolverine Watchmen, which has been recruiting members via Facebook since November 2019. He used his military experience to train the members of the group on the use of firearms, medical care and other tactical exercises. Aside from providing his co-conspirators with plans for tactical maneuvers at trainings and ammunition, he also coded language for covert communication, coordinated logistics for trainings and hosted meetings at his residence.
- He lived for a period of time at the Childs Lake Estates, a mobile home park off Old Plank Road in Wixom. An eviction notice was filed in 52-2 District Court by the end of July 2020 but the landlord agreed to dismiss the case on September 10, 2020.
- In July 2020, he relocated from Wixom to Columbia.
- On October 7, 2020, he was arrested in Columbia. He was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia.
- He was charged with providing material support for terrorist acts, gang membership and carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. If convicted, he faces up to 44 years in prison.
- In the morning of October 9, 2020, he waived his right to contest his extradition in a hearing before a magistrate in Richland County, South Carolina, a clerk for the court told The Post and Courier. His father also told the publication that he left the Wolverine Watchmen “on very bad terms.”
(This is a developing story. Updates will be added as soon as they are available.)