Nashotah man and QAnon devotee could strike plea deal in federal case


Ian Alan Olson, a 31-year-old man from Nashotah and believer in QAnon accused of firing paintballs at two reservists at the Wisconsin Army Reserve Center in Pewaukee, is considering a possible plea deal regarding the federal charges against him.

According to court records, Olson’s attorney Thomas Simon requested additional time on June 15 to discuss a possible plea deal with his client. Olson has a status conference scheduled for July 14.

On March 15, the man from Nashotah reportedly drove a car spray painted with QAnon slogans to the Wisconsin Army Reserve Center in Pewaukee and shouted, “This is for America”, before to fire paintballs at two reservists nearby, according to court documents.

He also told reception staff at Waukesha County Jail that he “would kill many people” if released, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

Olson has been charged in both the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Waukesha County Circuit Court. Federal prosecutors charged him with attacking US military personnel for their service and assaulting officers. In Waukesha County, he is charged with two counts of attempted bodily harm and one count of disorderly conduct.

He is scheduled to appear in Waukesha County Court on August 9.

According to Federal Court documents:

Olson’s car was spray painted with the letter Q along with the phrases “trust my plan”, “OMW to DC” – which means “on the way to DC” – and WWG1WGA, denoting the slogan QAnon, “where we go one, we all go.”

When he arrived at the center of the reserve, Olson saw two reservists about 15 meters away standing in a fenced parking lot. He got out of his car and yelled “This is for America” ​​and fired a couple of paintballs at them before the gun jammed. The shells did not hit the reservists.

“You’re lucky he got stuck,” Olson reportedly said.

Reservists attacked Olson and detained him until the police arrived.

According to court documents, prosecutors said Olson had shown he had “extreme anti-government beliefs and violent tendencies” and believed in the debunked QAnon conspiracy theory.

Proponents of the false theory believe that “the world is ruled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles and child traffickers (allegedly made up largely of prominent Democratic politicians, deep state government employees). From reporters and the Hollywood elite) and that President Trump is secretly working with Q and others to take down the cabal, ”the complaint said.

When Olson was arrested, he told the prison reception staff that he had just returned from Washington, DC, where he had not delivered his message.

Pewaukee Police searched his car and found a gas mask, throwing knives, a police scanner, two-way radios, a Taser, and ballistic military-style vest plates. They also found a three-page handwritten manifesto with multiple references to Q and “my plan”.

When police searched his home, they found an AR-15 rifle with a scope, suppressor and seven magazines loaded with armor-piercing ammunition. Olson’s family said he had several additional handguns that they would turn over to the police.

Olson visited Washington

Court documents show that Olson traveled to Washington, DC, in March and was admitted to a hospital for a psychological assessment after making comments regarding the United States Capitol Police.

According to a Capitol Police report, on March 3, Olson approached a member of the National Guard in Washington and told him he was “maybe going to do something crazy and stupid tomorrow” and asked them not to shoot him.

Olson also said his actions would be “great” and that he was not afraid to die for his mission.

Court records show Olson was admitted to a hospital on March 5 and stayed there for four days. He was diagnosed with a “brief psychotic disorder,” according to an arrest warrant.

Contact Evan Frank at (262) 361-9138 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @Evanfrank_LCP.


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