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Seth Aaron Pendley biography: 13 things about Wichita Falls, Texas man

Seth Aaron Pendley is a white man from Texas, United States. Using the screen name Dionysus, he posted on, a forum dedicated to organizing militia groups, about his plan to “conduct a little experiment” in 2021.

“I’m not a dumbass suicide bomber,” Pendley wrote. “But even if I only have a handful of fellow patriots standing beside me, I will happily die a young man knowing that I didn’t allow the evils in this world to continue unjustly treating my fellow Americans so disrespectfully.”

When asked by another user about his desired outcome, Pendley as Dionysus wrote “death.” Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas. (a)
  2. On January 2, 2021, he told an associate on Facebook that he possessed an AR 556 caliber rifle and he had cut the barrel length down to 9.5 inches, which made the weapon illegal. (a)
  3. On January 4, 2021, he told another associate that he intended to bring firearms to Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021 but intended to leave the weapons in his car. (a)
  4. On January 11, 2021, he told an associate on Facebook that he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, made it to the platform where he interacted with police officers but did not enter the building. He told another associate on Facebook that he had taken a piece of glass from a window at the building. (a)
  5. Weeks after the U.S. Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021, he told a confidential human source that he planned to use explosives to attack Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers. On February 19, 2021, he showed the source a handwritten list of addresses for AWS data centers, most of which were located in Virginia, USA. That day, he sent a text message to the source saying, “The AWS data places are almost all centrally located. They are f*****g MASSIVE. I haven’t got al the details worked out but that’s where I have risky questions for you that I didn’t want to ask until now.” (a)
  6. On March 7, 2021, he walked out the front door of his house in Wichita Falls carrying a black rifle case, which he loaded into his silver Pontiac. He departed the area with the vehicle, returned after several hours with the same vehicle and walked into the house with the rifle case. He did the same things on March 14, 2021. (a)
  7. On March 29, 2021, he told the confidential human source about his plan to paint his silver Pontiac black, switch license plates, drive the vehicle to Virginia and attack AWS data centers there then paint the vehicle silver again. (a)
  8. On March 31, 2021, his silver Pontiac was painted black. That day,  he met with the confidential human source in Fort Worth, Texas where he was introduced to an individual who he thought was the source’s source of supply for explosives. The individual was actually an undercover employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (a)
  9. On April 5, 2021, he sent the confidential human source a hand-drawn maps of the AWS facility he planned to attack. (a)
  10. On April 6, 2021, he sent the confidential human source a photograph of small model of the boxes he intended to construct for directing explosive blasts. (a)
  11. On April 8, 2021, he met again with the FBI undercover employee in Fort Worth. The undercover employee provided him with C-4 plastic explosives and detonation cord, showed him how to arm and detonate the devices. When he took the devices and placed them in his car, FBI investigators arrested him. At that time, he confessed to planning to attack AWS data centers. (a)
  12. He was 28 years old when the FBI arrested him on April 8, 2021. (a)
  13. FBI special agent John Coyle filed a criminal complaint, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Creton. He was charged with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive, according to Prerak Shah, the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas. (a)



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