James Ricky Meade II Wiki
James Ricky Meade II Biography
Who is James Ricky Meade II ?
An Ohio Army National Guardsman is accused of threatening to crash a stolen plane into the Anheuser-Busch plant on the north side of Columbus.
James Ricky Meade II, 26, of Chesterhill, Morgan County, was charged in Franklin County Municipal Court with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony.
In December, Meade posted statements on social media saying he wanted to steal a plane and crash it into the Anheuser-Busch plant on Schrock Road, a Columbus police officer said in a March 30 court complaint. .
A woman alerted police and the Ohio National Guard after seeing the posts, according to the complaint.
Arrested and Charged
Meade was arrested Monday at his home in Chesterhill, about 90 miles southeast of Columbus, by members of the Ohio Highway Patrol; the patrol special response team; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, or SOFAST, according to Charles Sanso, a deputy supervisor with the US Marshals Service who oversees SOFAST.
Meade was jailed in Zanesville and will eventually be transferred to Franklin County to face charges here, Sanso added.
Franklin County Municipal Court records show a warrant for Meade’s arrest was issued on March 30, the same day the complaint against him was filed.
Meade enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in 2017 and is an air defense battle management system operator with the 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment headquartered in McConnelsville, Morgan County. , according to Stephanie Beougher, a spokeswoman for the Ohio National Guard.
Meade is the second Guard member to be arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat in the last week.
Thomas Develin, 24, of the northwest side of Columbus, was arrested March 30 and is accused of threatening Columbus Torah Academy, a private Jewish faith-based school located at 181 Noe Bixby Road. According to court records, Develin worked as a security guard at the East Side School.
Develin enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in 2016 and also served with the 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, according to Beougher. While they have the same military occupational specialty of air defense battle management system operator, Develin is a corporal while Meade is a specialist.
Both men are still members of the Ohio Army National Guard, but their security clearances and any favorable actions such as promotions or transfers have been suspended, Beougher said.
“We are fully cooperating with criminal investigations and will determine any appropriate military disciplinary or administrative action when the cases are concluded,” Beougher said.
Joel Marcovitch, president and CEO of the nonprofit JewishColumbus, said someone at the Columbus Division of Police informed his organization that while Meade did not make a specific threat against a Jewish institution, he spread anti-Semitic tropes and spread online hate.
“We’re very grateful to the person who lived by the ‘if you see something, say something’ rule,” Marcovitch said, referring to the woman who tipped off Meade’s posts to police. “We are very grateful that they took the time and effort to think about our community and institutions.”