Jarrett William Smith, a 24-year-old soldier from Fort Riley, was arrested Saturday afternoon in Manhattan after an FBI investigation revealed he had been shared explosives information on Facebook and made threatening comments in online chats.
Smith, according to an affidavit, also made threatening comments in online chats to an undercover investigator, including a comment about democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. He spoke about wanting to blow up cell towers and an unnamed local news station. Smith expressed a desire to kill members of left wing activist group Antifa.
The chat, which was quoted in court documents, said Smith offered detailed, accurate instructions on how to construct explosive devices.
"Oh yeah, I got knowledge of IEDs for days. We can make cell phone IEDs in the style. of the Afghans. I can teach you that …” he is quoted saying.
After his arrest Saturday, according to FBI agent Brandon LaMar, Smith admitted to providing information on how to produce explosive devices when asked because he hopes to generate “chaos.”
"He told me that if chaos results in the death of people, even through information he provided, it doesn't affect him,” the affidavit said.
Smith has been in the Army since June 12, of 2017 and has been stationed at Fort Riley since July 8 of this year, according to the affidavit.
Before joining the United States military, he had expressed interest in joining Right Sector, a far-right nationalist group in Ukraine. In March of this year, he expressed a desire to fight with Azov Battalion, a far-right group also based in Ukraine.