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Two people have been arrested for plotting an attack on substations across Baltimore with the goal of 'destroying' the city.
Sarah Beth Clendaniel, of Maryland, and Brandon Clint Russell, of Florida, have been charged for allegedly planning to target the city's energy grid, with the attack believed to stem from 'racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist beliefs.'
Their arrest was announced by the FBI and US Attorney's Office in Baltimore, who said the two extremists planned to bring the city to a standstill.
Clendaniel and Russell now face a litany of criminal charges, including conspiracy to destroy an energy facility, with FBI officials saying that they believe a 'real threat' had been thwarted.
Images of the Maryland woman show her dressed in full tactical gear with swastika insignia and holding a rifle, while Russell is allegedly a well-known neo-Nazi figure.
Sarah Beth Clendaniel, pictured, has been seen dressed in full tactical gear with swastika insignia and holding a rifle
The duo planned to target the city's energy grid, with the attack believed to stem from 'racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist beliefs'
Clendaniel's plan was unearthed after she told an FBI informant of the plot to destroy five substations across the city, according to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent.
She reportedly revealed that if she and Russell hit all of them in the same day, their plot would 'destroy this whole city' and that a 'good four or five shots through the center of them' was all it would take.
She further added the attack 'would probably permanently completely lay this city to waste if we could do that successfully.'
The affidavit also revealed that the two defendants were in separate prisons while they first plotted the attack, and they communicated online.
Clendaniel reportedly has ties to extremist views, and repeatedly referenced Hitler and the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski as she spoke of the plot.
Erek L. Barron, U.S.