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Dutch National Affiliated with “Bugaloo Bois” Arrested for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia

ABINGDON, Va.- Jaap Willem Lijbers, a Dutch national and member of the Bugaloo Bois, was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with illegal possession of a firearm while being unlawfully present in the United States. Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar and Christopher R. Derrickson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division announced the arrest today.

Lijbers, 26, was living in the United States on an I-94 Visa that expired on May 20, 2014. A review of immigration records showed that Lijbers never applied for adjustment or readmission.

According to court documents, Lijbers, who was residing in Raven, Virginia, frequently coordinated and communicated online with members of the Bugaloo Bois, a loosely connected group of individuals espousing violent anti-government sentiments.  During some of these interactions, court documents allege that Lijbers encouraged other members of the Bugaloo Bois group to attend political rallies and commit acts of violence, to include taking over government buildings.  Lijbers also encouraged others to participate in violent conduct against law enforcement officers in a “pig roast.”

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh is prosecuting the case for the United States.  

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Updated March 3, 2021