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'Day one, get ready:' Fliers depicting Holocaust found in Apex, threaten consequences if Biden is elected

Posted November 5, 2020 4:47 p.m. EST
Updated November 6, 2020 12:04 p.m. EST

— Apex police are investigating after a woman found packets of notes and photos, which appear to warn of deadly consequences if Joe Biden and Democrats take power.

Allona Johnson was babysitting two small children when she found the fliers during a walk to the park around a block away from home. She said she saw them tossed along the side of the road.

What she found inside horrified her.

One paper included photos of prominent Democrats, and this message:

"We'll take care of you like we did in Benghazi. Our motto: What difference if we kill 50 Americans over there or 50 million in the U.S.A.!"

A flier also read:

"You aughtta know after 70 years, we'll kill teens, M.L.K. and Kennedies."

Another paper displayed photos of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, with the note:

"Day one, get ready. This is the real deal."

That sheet also contained an image, too graphic to show on TV, of what appeared to be a mass grave during the Holocaust.

"It seemed like a really ominous warning," she said.

Those fliers were a particularly odd sight in this neighborhood, which is described as quiet and diverse, with some yards showcasing Biden and Black Lives Matter signs, while other yards are decorated with Trump signs.

That mix is what Johnson likes about the community, where she works as a nanny.

She threw two of the packets away but saved one to show her boss, Connie.

She did not want to give her last name or show her face.

"It's not very coherent, so it's hard to say exactly what their intention was. But it's scary stuff. Even just the images alone," said Johnson.

Connie reported the fliers to Apex police.

She said her husband found another packet – in their driveway – on Monday, but he hadn't told her so as not to alarm her.

"It's just really sad. I feel really sad, and I feel really scared for my community and for my kids," said Johnson.

Deputy Chief Mitchell McKinney of the Apex Police Department said officers have the materials and are calling other local police departments to see if other complaints have come in.

Thursday evening, Shelly Lynch, a spokeswoman for the FBI in North Carolina released a statement on the situation.

"Though the FBI’s standard practice is to neither confirm nor deny any investigation, we take all election-related threats seriously, whether it is voter fraud, voter suppression, or threats from cyber or foreign influence actors. We’re committed to supporting our election security partners and protecting the American people during the 2020 election season."

So far, there have been no other reports, and police have no suspects.​

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