Scientology PR rep arrested in plot to kidnap, kill cop

By KRISTEN BUTLER,  |  Aug. 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM
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Las Vegas police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a crazy plot to kidnap, jail, try and execute a random police officer.

The plot was allegedly driven by right-wing "Sovereign Citizen" beliefs. Growing since the late 2000s, the Sovereign Citizen movement is largely made up of people who do not believe in following U.S. laws or paying taxes and have a particular dislike for law enforcement.

Devon Campbell Newman, 67, became the public relations director of Scientology’s “Celebrity Center” in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2010. Her alleged partner in crime is 42-year-old David Allen Brutsche, a registered sex offender and six-time felon.

An investigation that began in April eventually led to their arrest, after authorities say Newman, Brutsche and an undercover officer bought a vacant house and turned it into a makeshift jail.

Brutsche then told the undercover officer, “We need to arrest the police and take them to our jail and put them in a cell and put them on trial in a people’s court. If we run into the position that they resist, then we need to kill them.”

In an interview from jail, Newman denied belonging to the Sovereign Citizen movement, but expressed frustration with law enforcement.

“I am upset, because if this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. I have felt for a while now the police are out of control. That they are stopping people and searching them with no probable cause,” Newman said.

“I align myself with people who, as our forefathers did, believe that in inalienable rights and that the Constitution restricts the government from what they can do,” she added.

But Newman claims she was not involved in any plot to harm or kill anyone.

Considered "domestic terrorists" by officials, the pair's bizarre plot was reportedly detailed, and even called for using vinegar and bleach to destroy evidence on the officer's body before dumping it in the desert.

Newman admitted Brutsche and the undercover officer had talked about kidnapping a cop, but says she "didn't think they were serious."

Both Newman and Brutsche face charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

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