Heon “Hank” Jong Yoo, known as the
The 25-year-old South Korean national was arrested on April 6 under a federal warrant from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He was indicted on April 18.
According to the Department of Justice, Yoo was found guilty of seven counts of false statements made in connection with firearms transactions and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Yoo, a believer of “scientific racism,” made headlines in the past for praising White people as the “master race” and degrading other people of color.
A permanent U.S. resident, Yoo falsely represented himself as a U.S. citizen in seven firearms transactions, some of which involved semiautomatic weapos.
He also possessed multiple firearms, ammunition and firearms accessories at the time of his arrest.
“This case was a great example of federal, state, and local law enforcement working together to stop a threat that really could have had tragic results,” said U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown. “Yoo was becoming increasingly aggressive in his behavior, and there were multiple schools where people were extremely concerned about what he was going to do.”
“In addition, he had weapons and a history of mental health problems. These situations often end badly, and it was good that law enforcement worked together to get him off the streets as soon as they did.”
Yoo was involuntarily admitted to a mental institution in New Jersey in 2013 and 2015.
While active on social media, he revealed that he was “constantly abused” by his father, whom he described as “a f*cking psychopath.” He also claimed that he was “neglected” by his mother, whom he called “a coward and a slut.”
Under federal law, Yoo faces a maximum of five years for each false statement charge and a maximum of 10 years on the unlawful possession count. As such, he could be in prison for up to 45 years.
A sentencing hearing will be scheduled following the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office. He remains held without bond at Gregg County Jail in Longview.