A man in full black bloc behaving suspiciously near a J6 rally outside the Pinellas County Courthouse in Florida was apprehended by deputies after he tried running away on foot.

 

Garrett James Smith, 22, was arrested and found carrying an active pipe bomb, Antifa propaganda and a written document on what to bring for his direct action. He had recently returned from Portland.

 

“He was running fast, he was running away from something,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said at a press conference on Friday. Bomb squad investigators from the FBI, Hillsborough County and Tampa Police responded to the scene and determined the device was a “homemade M-type destructive device.”

 

An executed search warrant of Smith’s residence he shares with his parents in Oldsmar, Fla. revealed more explosives, tape and nails for use in grenades. Bomb squad investigators from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the Tampa Police responded to the home and determined the devices were homemade IEDs.

 

Smith’s “direct action” checklist included a drawing of an umbrella, a symbol adopted by Antifa for their frequent use of black umbrellas to shield one another from cameras while they commit acts of violence. The helmet found in his backpack during his arrest had the Antifa “iron front” symbol painted on it.

 

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