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N.J. man charged with using social media to communicate threats to attack white people

"I want to cause mayhem on the white community," read the threatening post from Joshua Cobb, who started basic training in the U.S. Marine Corps in June 2023 until his recent discharge

Published: May 15, 2024 11:08am

Updated: May 15, 2024 11:11am

Joshua Cobb, 23, of Trenton, New Jersey, was arrested last Friday for "transmitting via the internet a post containing threats to kill white people," according to news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of New Jersey.

U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said on Monday that Cobb posted the following message on a social media platform on Dec. 17, 2022.

"I want to cause mayhem on the white community. The reason i specifically want to target white people is because as a black male, they will NEVER understand my struggles. Same way I will never understand their struggles, but I don’t care to. I want to erase them. All of them really, but in this case as many as I possibly can. As of today I have officially began planning my attack," the post read.

"It is going to take place in 2023 in the state of New Jersey, I have not chosen a exact date but I am going to be sure it is close to an important holiday to their race. I have a location in mind already which I have frequented for the past year and I am certain nobody there is armed to be able to stop me from spraying them to the ground. I have already acquired 2 of the 4 firearms I plan to use for my attack, and I also know my entry and exit points already after the mayhem," the post also read.

According to the news release, Cobb "joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2023 and began basic training in June 2023." He was stationed in California until he was discharged.

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