March 24, 2023

Who is Richard Holzer? White Supremacist plot to bomb a synagogue thwarted; Bio, Wiki, Age, Background, Family, Facebook, Arrest & Charges

Richard Holzer Bio, Wiki

Richard Holzer is a 27-year-old  California native and white supremacist facing federal charges accusing him of plotting to bomb a synagogue in Pueblo, Colorado. He told undercover agents is a former KKK member and a current “skinhead,” the FBI says. Holzer was arrested on November 1st before he could carry out a plot to bomb a synagogue in Colorado that day, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Richard Holzer Age

He is currently 27 years old.

Richard Holzer Background & Family

A look at Public records reveals that Richard Holzer previously lived with his parents in Oxnard, California, until recently moving to Pueblo, Colorado. He also lived in Thousand Oaks, California.

He does not appear to have a prior criminal record in California or Colorado. At his first court hearing, it was revealed that he worked at King Soopers, a grocery store, in Pueblo, according to The Denver Channel.

Richard Holzer Plot on Bombing a Synagougou in Colorado

Holzer communicated with an undercover FBI employee on Facebook and sent her buttons with swastikas on them, while also telling her he was formerly affiliated with the KKK. What’s more, Holzer allegedly told a different person on Facebook that he wished “the holocaust really did happen […] they need to die.”

According to Fox 31, Holzer “threatened to poison the water pipes at the Temple Emanuel Synagogue and use a Molotov cocktail to blow it up.”

According to the targeted synagogue’s website, “Temple Emanuel is on the National Register for Historic Places and is the second oldest Synagogue in Colorado. Its construction was completed and dedicated on September 7, 1900. The Synagogue went through a complete renovation in the 1990s and was rededicated in December 2000. Temple Emanuel is a small congregation of 30 families and has a visiting Rabbi from Denver, Colorado who comes to Pueblo twice a month.”

Holzer’s contact with the undercover agent is said to have occurred on September 28th, a few weeks after which there was an in-person meeting in Colorado Springs. During that October 17th meeting with federal agents, Holzer allegedly expressed that he had considered blowing up the synagogue.

Holzer allegedly said on October 13th that he planned to put arsenic in the synagogue’s water pipes on October 31st just as he had paid a cook to do the year before. Oct. 31st, 2018 was four days after a white supremacist, and avowed anti-Semite killed 11 Jewish worshippers in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Richard Holzer Arrest & Charges

Holzer was arrested on November 1st before he could carry out a plot to bomb a synagogue in Colorado that day. He is being charged with an attempt to obstruct religious exercise by using explosives and fire, according to court documents filed on November 2nd in Colorado federal court. Holzer is being held in federal custody pending a detention hearing.

His first court appearance was on Monday, November 4th. He was ordered to be held in federal custody without bail pending a detention hearing, which is scheduled for November 7th. Holzer asked to have a public defender appointed. Prosecutors indicated they seek to ask for a federal judge to keep Holzer behind bars pending trial.

According to federal law, Holzer faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and the possibility of up to three years of supervised release if found guilty of the charge of attempting to obstruct religious exercise by using explosives and fire.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado, Holzer, “told undercover FBI agents that he wanted to do something that would tell Jewish people in the community that they are not welcome in Pueblo, and they should leave or they will die.”