Queen Creek Man Arrested In Alleged Conspiracy Involving Neo Nazis

By Matthew Casey
Published: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 2:41pm
Updated: Friday, February 28, 2020 - 9:04am

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Data from the Anti-Defamation League show a roughly 44% increase of anti-Semitic incidents in Arizona over the last two years.

Federal authorities say a Queen Creek man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion that he targeted the editor of a Jewish magazine.

Court documents allege that Johnny Roman Garza of Queen Creek conspired with people in Florida, Texas and Washington to threaten Jews, journalists and others.

Garza allegedly put a poster on a bedroom window of Mala Blomquist’s home. Blomquist is editor in chief of Arizona Jewish Life magazine. 

“This was an actual threat and on the bottom of the poster it says you’ve been visited by your local Nazis,” Blomquist said.

Blomquist said she is not Jewish. But she’s immersed in the community and feels like she’s part of it.

“This hate can’t win. That’s the thing that is the biggest takeaway is that this hate, we can’t tolerate it,” she said.

Court records say two of Garza’s alleged co-conspirators are high-ranking members of a group the Anti-Defamation League says is neo-Nazi.

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