Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Militia Man Claims Mistaken Identity

Feds removed evidence from his home Monday

At least one of the men arrested in a weekend raid says Feds got the wrong guy.

Thomas Piatek, 46, a truck driver from Whiting, Indiana, is one of nine alleged domestic terrorists from the group Hutaree who were indicted on charges of attempting to kill police officers with a weapon of mass destruction, among others.

Hutaree claims to be a group of Christian warriors preparing to battle the Antichrist at the end of day.

"We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. . . . Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment," the groups web site reads.

But Piatek, who was arrested Saturday at an apartment complex in Clarendon Hills, says there must be some sort of mistake.

"I'm not that guy," he said to a judge during a pretrial hearing in Hammond, Indiana. "What they're alleging and what I've done are two different things," Piatek said in Hammond federal court according to the Northwest Indiana Times.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry ordered a special hearing to figure it out...