NEW BOSTON, Texas — A jury was selected Tuesday in the case of a Hooks, Texas, man suspected of being loyal to anti-government extremist group Boogaloo Bois and facing charges including attempted capital murder of a peace officer.
Aaron Caleb Swenson, 38, is accused of streaming on Facebook Live as he drove the streets of Texarkana, Texas, on a Saturday night in mid-April, 2020, searching for a police officer to kill, according to a probable cause affidavit. Swenson is charged with attempted capital murder, attempted murder and terroristic threatening. Swenson's indictment for terroristic threatening includes an enhancement under the Texas Hate Crimes Act.
Swenson had been the subject of a federal warning notice to area law enforcement months before he allegedly armed himself, dressed in body armor and began hunting for police.
Local 911 dispatchers received multiple calls alerting police to the live stream April 11, 2020. Officers searching for Swenson could hear him say he was looking for "red and blue lights" and that he spoke of "finding his prey" as he passed a patrol car on an Interstate 30 access road, according to the affidavit.
An officer watching the live feed quickly identified the possible make and model of a late Chevy or GMC pickup by the appearance of an image of the vehicle's dashboard on the Facebook Live stream. As Texarkana, Texas, police closed in, Swenson allegedly led them on a high speed chase. A spike strip was used on Leary Road to deflate one of Swenson's tires but he allegedly continued driving west on U.S. Highway 82 for several miles before finally coming to a stop and placing his hands on the roof of his truck.
"Officers began conducting a felony traffic stop but Swenson would not turn his music down or listen to the verbal commands," the affidavit states. "After approximately 20 minutes of giving verbal commands Swenson decided to step out of the vehicle."
A large cache of weapons was reportedly recovered from his 2018 Chevy Silverado.
At a hearing last year, First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp said her office has been contacted by the FBI to discuss Swenson's alleged ties to the Boogaloo movement.
Swenson has been in jail since his arrest last year with bail set at $1 million.
A jury of five men and seven women was chosen Monday to decide the case before 102nd District Judge Jeff Addison. The most serious charge pending against Swenson is punishable by up to life in prison.