Five Arrested in Conspiracy to Kidnap, Murder Troopers in Fairbanks
The investigation uncovered that conspirators obtained a large stash of weapons with which to carry out the attack, some of which have been identified as prohibited by state or federal law.
Five people are now in custody and face a myriad of charges for extensive plans to kidnap and murder Alaska State Troopers and a Fairbanks judge.
According to Troopers, Francis “Schaeffer” Cox, Lonnie Vernon, Karen Vernon, Coleman Barney and Michael Anderson collectively face charges for: conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to commit arson, third-degree misconduct involving weapons, hindering prosecution in the first degree and tampering with evidence.
During the investigation, the group’s plan revealed extensive surveillance of Fairbanks-area Troopers, including the specific locations of two Alaska State Troopers’ homes, as well as a plan to attack Troopers and Court judges.
Alaska State Troopers’ Special Emergency Reaction Team, Fairbanks Patrol Troopers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Fairbanks Police Department made strategic warrant arrests for the alleged conspirators on March 10 in the Fairbanks area.
Troopers said the courts granted sealed warrants for Cox, Barney, Anderson and both Lonnie Vernon and Karen Vernon.
The investigation also uncovered that the conspirators had obtained a large stash of weapons with which to carry out the attack, some of which have been identified as prohibited by state or federal law.
Troopers said the investigation surrounding these individuals is a multi-jurisdictional effort and is ongoing.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.