TOLEDO, Ohio — Brenda Brown lives 3 doors from where Toledo Police and FBI agents stormed the house of 23-year-old Elizabeth Lecron.
"I looked out my window, I didn't know what was going on. I looked out my window and there’s this guy, you know with a rifle, hiding behind my bushes, I mean they all had their weapons drawn, I guess they didn't know what to expect," said Brenda Brown.
The small subdivision on Willow Dr. is full of quiet, single-family homes, many of them rented out to University of Toledo students.
"I saw somebody in the middle of the street, I couldn’t make out, you know, because it's winter, everybody was bundled up, and I saw the black car stopped with you know, the roads blocked off, and I saw somebody spread eagle," Brown continued.
Federal agents took Lecron into custody Monday, December 10, 2018, and began searching her property.
"They we're processing the car. They tore it out. They were in and out of the house, and they had their little bomb squad thing I think there," Brown explained.
Lecron was apparently inspired by the mass shooting committed by Dylann Roof, who in 2015 killed nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina church.
In fact, the criminal complaint states that Lecron had wrote a letter to Roof in July 2018, sending him care packages and books.
Surprisingly, Roof has only responded to 4 people during his incarceration, Lecron being one of those four.
"As Agent Fortunato laid out, Ms. Lecron discussed plans to launch what she called an upscale mass murder at a bar in Toledo. She noted that there were only 2 ways in and out of the bar, which she could use as a tactical advantage when police and emergency responders arrived," said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman.
During a search in August 2018, police said they found an AK-47 rifle, handguns, ammunition and bomb making materials at Lecron's residence.
If convicted, Lecron faces a maximum of 10 years in a federal prison.