Justin Mohn, the Pennsylvania man who is accused of beheading his father and posting a video of the severed head online, later fled to a military training facility in Fort Indiantown Gap in an effort to mobilize the National Guard, authorities said.
Mohn was arrested Wednesday at the training center. He was arraigned at 4 a.m. on charges of murder in the first degree, abuse of a corpse and possession of an instrument of a crime. He has been accused of first shooting his father, Michael, in the head and then decapitating him with a knife and machete.
“The defendant stated he went to Fort Indiantown Gap in an effort to mobilize the PA National Guard to raise arms against the federal government,” Bucks County District Attorney Jennifer Schorn said in a press conference Friday. “He also indicated that he wanted to speak to Governor [Josh] Shapiro to join forces.”
Mohn allegedly posted a 14-minute YouTube video, which has since been taken down, titled “Mohn’s Militia — Call to Arms for American Patriots,” that shows him wearing gloves and holding his father’s head in a plastic bag. The head is later seen in a cooking pot, where authorities found it inside the home.
Schorn said Michael Mohn was a federal employee with the Army Corps of Engineers.
In the video, the younger Mohn called for patriots across the country to kill federal employees. He called his father a traitor and attacked President Biden’s administration, the Black Lives Matter movement, the LGBTQ community and antifa activists.
Authorities said Mohn was living in the Middletown Township house with his parents and was unemployed. He had no diagnosed history of mental illness.
He legally purchased the gun used to the day before killing his father and had it loaded and with him when he was arrested, officials said.
He then allegedly used his father’s car to drive to the National Guard training center Tuesday evening. Michael’s wife, Denice Mohn, arrived home around 7 p.m. Tuesday to find her husband’s body on the bathroom floor.
Schorn and local police said Mohn was apprehended at the training facility and taken into custody without incident.
He is being held without bail and has a hearing scheduled for Thursday.