Two men from Missouri who were arrested near Kenosha, Wis., earlier this month apparently have ties to a Buffalo group, according to KMOX radio out of St. Louis.
The Hartville men, Michael Karmo, 40, and Cody Smith, 33, were charged in federal court with illegal gun possession after they traveled from Missouri to Kenosha during the civil unrest in the city. The unrest followed a police shooting of a black man, and later a 17-year-old shot and killed two people during the unrest in the city.
According to prosecutors, Karmo and Smith went to Kenosha to view the damage from the unrest, and “loot and possibly pick people off,” according to a tipster. Both men have criminal convictions that make them ineligible to have firearms, according to prosecutors. The tipster was a person in Iowa whom the two men stopped to see on their way north, and the tipster notified law enforcement that the two men looked like they were going to Kenosha to shoot people.
According to KMOX, Karmo and Smith are members of the 417 Second Amendment Militia based in Buffalo, but the group’s Facebook page was taken down.