Police Stopped This Neo-Nazi’s Machete Attack at a Gay Bar After He Shared His Plans on Facebook

Police Stopped This Neo-Nazi’s Machete Attack at a Gay Bar After He Shared His Plans on Facebook

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This week, an English court heard about 20-year-old neo-Nazi Ethan Stables’ plan to attack an LGBTQ Pride event at the New Empire pub in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. His Neo-Nazi gay bar attack plan was foiled after another Facebook user reported his publicly posted plans to police.

According to prosecutors, Stables had become “enraged” after hearing about a June 23, 2017 Pride event at the local bar. He had gathered a machete, knives, an axe, air rifle and BB gun to attack the bar. He’d even scoped out the bar a few times and was arrested walking home from his final “reconnaissance mission” at the bar. He had planned to attack the bar later that night.

The New Empire pub

Stables allegedly posted about his intent to kill bar patrons in a Nazi-themed Facebook chat group. A woman who saw the messages contacted Cumbria Police and they arrested him around 10 p.m. near the pub.

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In court, prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford called Stables a “white-supremacist and Nazi” and a supporter of Adolf Hitler” with “a deep-seated hatred of black, Jewish, Muslim and especially gay people.”

Neo-Nazi Ethan Stables and some of his Facebook messages

Sandiford said, “Between 2016 and his arrest in 2017, he was planning and preparing to commit acts of terrorism directed towards members of these groups but, primarily, directed towards people who were lesbian or gay.”

Stable’s defense attorney said that his client was a “white fantasist” rather than a white supremacist, and added that although the attorney found his client’s Facebook Neo-Nazi gay bar attack plans “awful, disgusting [and] vile,” his client “never expected anyone to believe what he had to say.”

Stables’ post-arrest Facebook message

He also said that Stables has Asperger’s Syndrome — a mild form of autism that makes people socially awkward with an all-absorbing interest in specific topics — and that Stable had a favorite gay uncle and gay best friend, as if those things don’t make you homophobic or racist.

Stables’ trial is expected to go on for two more weeks.


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