FBI snares ex-Marine who purchased assault rifle, threatened DC police

WASHINGTON — A former Marine and felon who purchased an assault rifle in an FBI undercover sting has been indicted on federal weapons charges.

Clark Calloway, 38, of D.C., threatened to attack the First District D.C. police station, saying it was near where he worked, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Calloway sympathized with the Islamic State group but also made racist statements about white people and suggested that black people should shoot back at police in posts he made to his various Facebook accounts and statements he made to informants, the charging documents said.

He paid an FBI informant $250 for an AK-47 — a weapon that was provided by the FBI and had been disabled before Calloway picked it up at an apartment in Northeast on Wednesday, when he was also arrested.

Calloway told investigators that he wanted the weapon for the “race war.” He denied that he was planning an attack on any specific police station, but admitted that he had discussed such an attack. He also described his posts on social media as “trash talk,” according to charging documents.

He is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and transportation of a firearm with the intent to commit an assault with the weapon.

According to court documents, Calloway served prison time for felony charges stemming from a stabbing in D.C. He served in the Marines from 1997 to 2001.

During a hearing on Friday, Calloway was ordered held until another hearing set for next week.

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