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FBI: Valrico 'Doomsday prepper' still at large
PLANT CITY -- An FBI manhunt is ongoing for the 55-year-old Valrico man wanted on federal charges of manufacturing illegal weapons.

The search for Martin Winters ranged from Plant City to Lithia on Monday. Officials say Winters, described as "extremeley dangerous" is the subject of an FBI investigation.

There currently is no law enforcement presence in the area.

Agents say Winters was illegally obtaining assault rifles and building pipe bombs.

Federal agents dressed in camouflage gear and holding rifles kept their eyes on an area of woods off Lithia Pinecrest Road Monday evening.

According to authorities, Winters was approached by authorities while in his vehicle just before 9 a.m. Monday on Cheryl Court in Plant City. Officials said Winters got out of his vehicle and ran into a wooded area near Durant High School, which was briefly locked down.

A SWAT team and helicopters were brought in but Winters got away.

Officials said there is an outstanding federal arrest warrant for Winters. According to a federal indictment, Winters is accused of "making destructive devices.”

Investigators said Winter's plan included killing government agents if he or any member of his group were attacked. Winters is described as a Doomsday prepper, and officials said he buried weapons, ammunition and zip-locked food around several of his properties to to prepare for what he called the end of time.

The federal affidavit points out a YouTube video that shows a man they believed to be Winters digging up one of the many 55 gallons barrels on his and other properties near his home.

The federal affidavit goes on to say Winters is part of a group called the River Otter Preppers, and that he had a plan to kill government agents when he needed to. Investigators say he also made statements about creating booby traps at his home in Valrico, then shooting law enforcement officers when they tried to run away.

Winters was indicted in October on four counts of building destructive devices. He has been under government surveillance since then, according to the FBI.

According to officials, Winters told an undercover agent he had 50 AR-15 rifles buried on his property and other properties. The agent also said Winters told him he wanted to burn his house down and then shoot agents as they arrived to the scene.

Winters also said he had at least 40 men that were willing to participate in his "last stand," officials said.
These asshats are a local group in my area that post videos on YouTube: riverotterpreppers - YouTube
It is one thing to accumulate and prepare for an independent existence, and another to actively violate Federal Law. Whether the government targeted them for ideology, methodology, or illegal exhibitionism is yet to be determined.
 

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When purchasing a tin-foil hat it is paramount to obtain the proper fit. I had mine fitted by Knutsinhats, it fits perfectly, however the reception isn't so good and it attracts lightning and static electricity like a b!tch! :evil:

I do not personally know him or his group, but have heard the local gossip that his tin-foil hat was a few sizes to tight.
 

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Winter's has been under indictment since October according to reports. I am willing to bet that the Fed's sent in informants (felons) to facilitate the charges against the River Ottor Preppers; the enforcement arm of the DOJ actively search out fringe elements and provide the knowledge, means, and/or narrative to expedite criminal activity. Is it a public service to weed out those who intend to possibly do harm, or just a means to substantiate their departmental budgets?
 

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You buy the property Art, I'll provide the "digger", it only takes a few days to tear her down for transport. We can divvy-up the spoils equitably afterwards.... :?

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Gollee, I wonder if they will sell his property when he goes to jail? I'll bid on it, just so I can start digging it up to find stuff.
 
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