Detroit Free Press
Friday, April 2, 2010

They thought they were going to a memorial in Ann Arbor.

Federal officials revealed the story in explaining how the government was able to round up the eight members of the Hutaree Christian militia group that appeared for a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Thursday. A ninth member appeared in federal court in Indiana.

While Detroit FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena declined to detail the memorial scenario, he said: “We used the ruse to get them to a location where they didn’t have access to their weapons, and everything worked out. We got most of them there.”

Deputy Federal Defender Richard Helfrick, who represents 19-year-old David B. Stone Jr., said during the hearing that four to six of the nine defendants were arrested Saturday at the memorial service.

Attorney William Swor, who represents the group’s leader David Stone, 45, of Clayton, said his client got busted at a memorial service.

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