(NewsReady.com) – A horrifying scene unfolded in Queensland, Australia, less than two weeks before Christmas in 2022. Six people died in a religiously motivated attack. An American has now been charged with inciting the violence.
On December 6, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona announced the arrest of Donald Day, Jr., after a federal grand jury charged him with two counts of interstate threats. According to the press release, Day used social media platforms to express a desire to threaten and carry out violence against various groups of people, including police officers.
On December 12, 2022, Queensland Police officers responded to a property owned by Gareth Train and his wife, Stacey Train. They were conducting a welfare check on Gareth’s brother, Nathaniel Train, who was reportedly missing. Four police constables—26-year-old Matthew Arnold, 29-year-old Rachel McCrow, 28-year-old Keely Brough, and 28-year-old Randall Kirk—arrived at the scene. They approached the property, and the residents began firing at them.
McCrow and Arnold were shot and wounded. The suspects then approached them and fatally shot both of them. They were then disarmed. The other two constables escaped and called for backup. The suspects lit a fire in an attempt to find one of the officers, who was hiding in the grass. When neighbor Alan Dare came over to investigate the fire, he was fatally shot.
All three Trains were involved in the murders. Gareth and Stacey released a video admitting to the crimes and calling the police demons and devils. When the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) breached the property six hours later, the officers killed all three suspects.
Reports indicate Gareth Train began following Day in 2020 and communicating with him a year later. Day allegedly sent Gareth and Stacey multiple doomsday messages, which reportedly incited the Trains to carry out the attacks.
FBI legal attaché for Australia Nitiana Mann stated that the federal agency was committed to helping Australian officials. Mann said the federal agency has “a long memory and an even longer reach.”
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