NJ Man Hired Online to Firebomb, Shoot Up Houses Gets 13 Years in Prison – Krebs on Security

A 22-year-old New Jersey man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for his involvement in bombings and shootings at homes in Pennsylvania last year. Patrick McGovern-Allen is the subject of a Sept. 4, 2022 story here about the emergence of “violence-as-a-service” offerings, where random people from the Internet hire themselves to carry out various local, physical attacks, including the bombing of a house. , “bricking” windows, slashing tires, or committing a drive-by shooting at someone’s residence.

McGovern-Allen, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, was arrested on August 12, 2022 on an FBI warrant, indicating that he was part of a group of cybercriminals who settled scores with each other by hiring people to carry out violent attacks on their opponents.

That Sept. A 2022 story about his arrest included links to two videos released on Telegram that were recorded and shared by McGovern-Allen and/or a co-conspirator as “proof” that they carried out the attacks. -attack as hired.

The first showed two young men throwing a Molotov Cocktail into the side of a residence in Abington Township, Pa., setting it on fire. The second shows two men with handguns unloading several rounds at random into the first floor of a house in West Chester, Pa. Fortunately in both cases, the occupants of the houses were unharmed in the attacks.

Federal prosecutors said McGovern-Allen used the alias “Tongue” on Discord, and that in one chat he was very clear about his offering of violence as a service.

“In the chats, (Tongue) told other Discord users that he was the one who shot up KM’s house and that he was ready to firebomb with Molotov Cocktails,” the complaint against McGovern-Allen explained. “For example, in a Discord chat from March 2022, (the accused) said ‘if you need anything done for $lmk (“let me know”) / I made a shooting / Molotov / but can I also have things for your entertainment.”

The chat channels that Tongue frequents have hundreds to thousands of members each, and some of the more interesting requests in these communities are job offers for personal tasks and assignments. which can be found if one searches for posts titled, “If you live nearby,” or “IRL jobs” — short for “in real life” jobs. Several of these classified ads are available on the service doing “brickings,” where someone is hired to visit a specific address and throw a brick through the target’s window.

McGovern-Allen has been in the news not too long ago. According to a September 2020 story from The Atlantic City Pressa 19-year-old Patrick McGovern-Allen was injured after driving into a building and forcing residents from their home.

“Police found a 2007 Lexus, driven by Patrick McGovern-Allen, 19, lost control and left the road, crashing into the east end of the 1600 building,” the story recounted. “The vehicle was driven into the steps that provided access to the second floor apartments, destroying them, and also causing damage to the exterior wall.”

A copy of McGovern-Allen’s sentencing statement said she pleaded guilty to three felony counts, including two for stalking, and one for using fire in the commission of a federal crime. The judge in the case gave McGovern-Allen 160 months in prison – about 13.3 years. After completing his sentence, McGovern-Allen will be on supervised release for three years.

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