LAS VEGAS (August 23, 2013)--Authorities in Las Vegas say they’ve thwarted a plot to kidnap, try and then execute police officers.
A man and a woman were in custody Friday in connection with the alleged plot.
David Allen Brutsche and Devon Campbell Newman are accused of planning to carry out the plot to bring attention to the anti-authority sovereign citizen movement.
Federal authorities regard sovereign citizen extremists as domestic terrorists.
The two told a Las Vegas judge Friday they didn’t recognize his authority to keep them in jail, although that didn’t stop the judge from ordering the pair back to jail pending a hearing on Sept. 9.
Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen set bond for Brutsche at $600,000 and appointed a public defender to represent him.
Hafen named a lawyer to represent Newman and scheduled her bail hearing for Monday.
Police say an undercover officer spent four months with Brutsche and Newman, collecting evidence of what authorities are calling a domestic terrorist operation.