PHOENIX - A man has been arrested and accused of making online plans to burn down the magistrate court and police station in the northern Arizona city of Page, according to federal authorities.
Loren Reed, 26, of Page was taken into custody Tuesday and appeared Thursday before a magistrate in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.
Reed is being held on suspicion of using the internet and telephone to willfully threaten to unlawfully damage or destroy a building by fire.
Prosecutors said that if convicted, Reed faces up to a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
It was unclear Thursday if Reed has a lawyer yet.
Prosecutors said a tipster called Page police on May 30 to report Reed had created a private Facebook chat group and was reportedly trying to convince members to participate in a riot.
Reed suggested to the Facebook members that they meet him Tuesday morning at the courthouse with gas and other flammables, police said.