JT Ready Reportedly Plotted Deadly Raids on Latinos
More than two years before white supremacist border vigilante JT Ready was involved in a deadly rampage in Arizona, the FBI was reportedly told he planned to lead deadly raids on Latino households in Phoenix.
According to the Phoenix New Times, a fellow border activist named David Heppler came forward in late 2009 when he became concerned about Ready’s increasingly erratic behavior. He said the well known white supremacist planned to dress up like an agent from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and lead attacks on Latino house parties with the intent to kill those in attendance.
Authorities believe Ready was the gunman in a mass murder-suicide on May 2 at a house in a suburb east of Phoenix. Investigators have said the massacre was a family argument that turned deadly when Ready opened fire on his girlfriend, her daughter, her daughter’s boyfriend and her daughter’s toddler before killing himself.
In the story the New Times published last week, journalist Stephen Lemons said Heppler first came to him with the concerns. But because the information involved potential harm to people’s lives, the journalist referred Heppler to a local cop, who in turn sent him to the FBI.
“Heppler agreed to become an informant (he says he was not paid) and agreed to wear a recording device and allow his phone to be tapped,” Lemons wrote.
Heppler told the newspaper, however, that he ended up having a fallout with the FBI after he blew his cover as a secret informant to one of Ready’s associates.