Police arrest militia member after threats
GONZALES - Police arrested a man with with connections to violent militias after they said he made threatening phone calls to Gonzales City Hall.
Police charged Brandon Gibbs of Gonzales with attempted aggravated battery, resisting an officer, improper phone communication, drug possession and illegal possession of body armor in the presence of narcotics.
Officers said when they arrived at Gibbs' home on Dec. 2 he met them at the door in full body armor with a large knife strapped to his chest, a protective helmet with a face shield, and a can of pepper spray. Police said Gibbs refused all commands to drop the pepper spray, and that he began to approach one of the officers.
Neighbors aren't surprised Gibbs had a run-in with the law, telling News 2 he's threatened them before.
"He's absolutely nuts, he's threatened kids all across the neighborhood, my girlfriend's son, 13 years old, was being bullied, so they walked behind the houses, he threatened them with a gun to shoot him if they ever came across his property anymore, so, he's a little bit off balanced," said Larry Corrent, who lives nearby.
One of the officers sprayed a deterrent chemical up under the face shield Gibbs was wearing, and he was subdued with minimal force according to a department spokesperson. Officers said Gibbs told them he had other knives in his home, and gave permission for officers to search his property. Police said he also told them he was smoking marijuana, and where it could be found.
"I guess he felt it necessary to pepper spray police and go out with a machete, not too many people think that's your right to bear weapons, that's not the ones you really want to bear weapons against," said Corrent.
Investigators said Gibbs associates with both the Oath Keepers and sovereign citizens, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classify as anti-government militias. The FBI also listed the sovereign citizens as a domestic terror organization in 2010. In 2012 authorities said a group of people in LaPlace with ties to sovereign citizens shot several sheriff's deputies, killing two of them.
Gibbs remains in the parish jail on a $13,064 bond.