Northwest Indiana Man Due in Court for Militia Plot

March 31, 2010

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A northwest Indiana man is due in federal court Wednesday morning for his role in an alleged militia plot to kill police officers.

Forty-six year-old Thomas Piatek is set to appear in U.S. District Court in his hometown of Hammond.

Prosecutors say Piaetk is allegedly part of a Christian militia group called Hutaree, which had been training itself for the coming of the Antichrist, and views law enforcement as its enemy, according to the group's Web site.

A federal indictment handed down this week charges Piatek and eight others with plotting to kill a police officer, then ambush the officer's funeral with roadside bombs and other explosives. The FBI rounded up eight of the suspects last weekend, reportedly with the help of an undercover agent and a cooperating witness.

Piatek was arrested in west suburban Clarendon Hills on Sunday.

The nine face charges relating to seditious conspiracy, explosives and weapons possession.