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Police: 'Sovereign citizen' suspect disrupted traffic stops

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David Brutsche, left, and Devon Newman, right. (LVMPD) David Brutsche, left, and Devon Newman, right. (LVMPD)

A five-month investigation into a plot to kill police officers was prompted after one of the two accused suspects disrupted traffic stops to spout his beliefs of the sovereign citizen movement, according to Las Vegas Metro police.

Metro revealed Friday the origins of its investigation into David Brutsche, 42, and Devon Newman, 67. Both were arrested on Tuesday following an undercover investigation of the plot that began in August.

According to police, both suspects were charged with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted first degree kidnapping with the use of a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

In addition, Brutsche, whom police said is a six-time convicted felon and registered sex offender, was arrested on 17 outstanding bench warrants on misdemeanor charges, including obstructing a police officer, being a convicted person and failing to register and obstructive use of a public sidewalk.

Police also said they served a search warrant on a residence in the 3200 block of S. Mojave Road, where the two were roommates.

In an arrest report, police described several instances in which undercover officers came into contact Brutsche and Newman over details of a plan to kidnap law enforcement members.

The plan, as the report described, included abducting the officers during traffic stops, imprisoning them in a makeshift enclosure, trying them by a jury of sovereign citizens and then executing them.

Throughout the arrest report, Brutsche and Newman each expressed their devotion as sovereign citizens, who are those who believe they are not subject to local and federal laws.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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