Throughout June and July, a series of burglaries ripped across Tea and Dell Rapids, South Dakota. Police had a hunch who might be behind them and obtained a search warrant for the home of a Sioux Falls man. When they entered the unassuming, suburban apartment complex last Tuesday, they found the place littered in materials connected to the domestic terrorist organization known as antifa. Then they found the arsenal.
43-year-old Mark Einerwold was arrested after authorities found the stash of firearms, bomb making material, and communist and anti-police literature. DANGEROUS spoke with Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Captain Jason Gearman of the Sioux Falls Detective Bureau who elaborated the materials connected with antifa were paper flyers and print outs. Gearman said the materials cops found “indicated an intense distain for police, law enforcement,” and even “firefighters.”
“I don’t get it,” Gearman said, “everybody likes firefighters.” Antifa has been steadily escalating both physical violence and rhetoric since the 2016 election. They’ve been known to recruit drug addicts and the mentally ill as they openly propagate violent intentions on social media platforms as well as their own blogs. Antifa’s targets are usually patriotic groups -who they regularly gaslight by labeling them “Nazis” or “fascists.”
The group’s hatred of law enforcement is no secret. In South Dakota, police caught the aging Marxist with a number of explosive devices alongside ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder; which experts say have no other use except for making bombs. Several firearms along with homemade silencers were also seized from Einerwold’s home. Captain Gearman told DANGEROUS the guns don’t appear to have been modified, but some seem to have been stolen. Einerwold’s exact intentions and possible accomplices remain unknown.
The boomer would-be bomber was charged with numerous counts of burglary as well as the sale or transportation of a destructive device. As the investigation unfolds, police say there may be more charges to come. “We don’t know what his intentions were, or what they were. But it’s pretty safe to say, we stopped something from happening,” Gearman said.
Sioux Falls police told DANGEROUS only a handful of media inquiries have been made about the arrest. They confirmed that someone claiming to be from from CNN called, but over a week later, CNN had not covered the story.
Larger media outlets, usually keen to jump on stories about the President’s diet soda intake, have been silent about the terrorism-related stash. As the domestic threat known as antifa continues to test the waters of becoming more deadly, platforms like CNN, Huffington Post, and the New York Times continue to downplay violence connected to the group and wrongly characterize them as “anti-fascist protestors” fighting “the far right.”
Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux Falls Police, ATF, and the FBI are aiding in the ongoing investigation. Sioux Falls Police confirmed Einerwold is being held on $200,000 bail.
Pawl Bazile is Patriotism Correspondent for DANGEROUS and Production Director for Proud Boy Magazine. He tweets at @PawlBazile.