A California man has been using his family’s vineyard as a “tactical training camp” before he mowed down a group of protesters in his truck, federal authorities said.
Benjamin Jong Ren Hung, 28, was busted Wednesday on gun crimes stemming from him driving into a demonstration May 31 in Pasadena, according to a federal criminal complaint.
Federal agents detailed in the complaint how Hung drove his Dodge Ram — which was adorned with flags embraced by right-wing extremists — into a group of protesters who had been chanting, “Black lives matter here.”
”The victims were forced to run out of the way to avoid being struck,” the affidavit said.
No one was hurt in the incident, but police found a loaded semiautomatic handgun and several high-capacity magazines in the truck, the complaint said.
They also uncovered an 18-inch machete, $3,200 in cash, a long metal pipe and a megaphone, authorities said.
Federal agents allege that Hung had been stockpiling weapons and preparing for “civil disorders” on his family’s vineyard in Lodi.
The complaint said that he had been using the vineyard as a “tactical training camp” and shooting range, NBC News reported.
“Hung also amassed other firearms and tactical equipment from suppliers throughout the United States and used his family’s vineyard in Lodi, California as a training camp to prepare to engage in civil disorders,” the affidavit said.
He was charged with one count of conspiracy to transport firearms across state lines and to make a false statement in acquisition of firearms. If convicted of the gun crimes, Hung faces up to five years in prison.
With Post wires
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