From the Justice Department:
A Michigan man was arrested and charged in a criminal complaint with illegally possessing firearms after having been committed to a mental institution and while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance, announced United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison.
The man came to the attention of the FBI after he made numerous threats over YouTube to kill FBI agents, members of the LGBTQ community, President Biden, and Governor Whitmer.
According to the criminal complaint, Randall Robert Berka II, 30, of Sebewaing, Michigan, was illegally in possession of four firearms, three long guns and a pistol, after he had been committed to a mental institution and while he was a daily user of marijuana.
Berka also was in possession of ammunition and body armor. The firearms were previously purchased for Berka by a relative who now feared that his mental health treatment was not working and was scared of Berka. The relative cooperated with FBI agents in securing the complaint.
The complaint further provides that Berka came to the attention of the FBI after Google reported to the agency that Berka was posting various threats on YouTube.
Among other statements, Berka posted the following: “im going to kill these democrats biden deserves to die,” “im gonna kill lgbt freaks,” “you could be like me and get guns and threaten to kill politicians. Im more than willing tot kill whitmer and I do live in Michigan,” “Ill assault her . . . with my bullets,” and “i buy guns though and plot to kill people.”
The FBI arrested Berka at his residence in Sebewaing on Thursday, March 9, 2023. He will make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court today in the Bay City, Michigan courthouse.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office will be asking the Court to hold Berka in pretrial detention because of his danger to the community and the risk that he will flee.
The Detroit Free Press reports:
Among Berka’s statements that raised red flags were: “(H)ey fbi! My name is randall the 2nd and I live in sebewaing Michigan and I am willing to kill these people … I’llkill anyone who tries to take my guns. ANYONE. I AM DONE. TRY TO CONFISCATE THEM FROM ME AND I WILL KILL.”
“trans freaks and gays … they all need to die.” He also talked about using his gun “on a drag show” and ripping “the whole crown of freaks” apart, and killing FBI agents. “I’ll shoot the FBI if they ever show up … if fbi ever shows up to talk to me ill just shoot at them”
The FBI visited Berka’s mother on Thursday at her workplace, where she disclosed he had four guns in his bedroom — guns that she bought for him — along with ammunition and body armor.
FBI: Mom bought mentally ill son 4 guns. He threatened to kill Whitmer — or’ anyone who tries take my guns’ https://t.co/db8ZENViks
— Detroit Free Press (@freep) March 10, 2023