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Ian Benjamin Rogers biography: 13 things about Napa, Florida man

Ian Benjamin Rogers (©Napa County Sheriff's Office)

Ian Benjamin Rogers (©Napa County Sheriff’s Office)

Ian Benjamin Rogers is a white man from Florida, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Napa, Collier County, Florida. (a)
  2. He is a certified Land Rover technician. He holds a master automotive service excellence license. (b)
  3. He is a gun collector. He has an active passport and is married to a Ukrainian citizen. (c)
  4. He is a Donald Trump supporter. He once attended a barbecue hosted by the Three Percenters but is not a member of the anti-government group. (d)
  5. In 1995, he graduated from Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA with an associate’s degree in automotive technology. (b)
  6. He owns the British Auto Repair of the Napa Valley, which he opened in August 2005. Based in Napa, the mechanic shop specializes in repairing Jaguars and Land Rovers. (b) (c)
  7. In November of 2020, he allegedly told Jarrod Copeland via encrypted messaging applications that he would “hit the enemy in the mouth” by using Molotov cocktails and gasoline to attack targets associated with Democrats. After the 2020 U.S. presidential election on November 3, 2020, he and Copeland allegedly started planning to attack targets they associated with Democrats. They allegedly agreed to start with the John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento, California, USA. (a)
  8. On January 10, 2021, he sent a text message to Copeland saying, “We can attack Twitter or the democrats you pick.” On January 11, 2021, he sent another text message to Copeland saying, “I want to blow up a democrat building bad.” (a) (e)
  9. On January 15, 2021, he was arrested and he appeared in Napa County state criminal court on state illegal firearm charges. That day, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office, the Napa Special Investigations Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized 49 firearms and around 24 ammunition boxes containing thousands of rounds of ammunition from his home and business in Napa County. The authorities also found manuals including “The Anarchist Cookbook,” “U.S. Army Improvised Munitions Handbook,” “Homemade C-4 A Recipe for Survival,” “U.S. Army Special Forces Guide to Unconventional Warfare” and “U.S. Army Guerrilla Warfare Handbook.” (a) (c) (f)
  10. He was 45 years old when he was arrested on January 15, 2021. He was charged with conspiracy to destroy by fire or explosive a building used or in affecting interstate commerce, possession of unregistered destructive devices and three counts of possession of machine guns. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent Andrew Balady determined that he did not have any destructive devices registered to him in the National Firearms Registry. He had no criminal record prior to the arrest. While waiting for the preliminary hearing, he was in the Napa County jail with bail set at $5 million. (a) (d) (e)
  11. On January 20, 2021, he attended a 33-minute arraignment hearing at the Napa County Courthouse before Judge Cynthia P. Smith. The judge denied a defense request to overturn a law enforcement motion boosting his bail requirement from the original $100,000 to $5 million within hours of the arrest. (c)
  12. FBI special agent Stephanie Minor filed a criminal complaint against him, which U.S. Magistrate Judge Alex G. Tse signed on January 26, 2021. Represented by Jess Raphael, he pleaded not guilty on the 28 state felony charges at a hearing in Napa County Superior Court on January 29, 2021. (d) (e)
  13. On July 30, 2021, he will appear for a status conference. (a)

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