Feds: 2 men arrested trying to buy guns from undercover FBI agent in Queens

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

EAST ELMHURST, Queens (WABC) -- Two men were arrested in Queens Tuesday while allegedly attempting to buy weapons as part of a federal investigation.

Authorities say one of the men had made anti-Semitic statements on social media, specifically praising the Monsey Hanukkah attacks last December, but it did not appear he was actively planning an attack.

The men, Daniel Jou and Joseph Miner, are reportedly neighbors in Queens and were were attempting to buy handguns and assault-style rifles from an undercover FBI agent.

The supposed gun buy was to happen at a hotel near LaGuardia Airport.

According to court documents, the pair met with the same undercover agent in the same location in April to set up the purchase and returned Tuesday to finalize the deal.

Although Miner at times disavowed interest in conducting an attack himself, authorities say he also posted Instagram messages displaying suicidal ideations and fantasizes about "martyring" himself and "going out in a blaze of glory" in a mass shooting.

The men were then taken into custody by federal law enforcement.


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