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Self-proclaimed extremist leader back in court

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Published: Mar. 21, 2018 at 10:36 AM EDT
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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News

March 23, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Jordan Jereb made another appearance before a judge Friday.

This time, the self-proclaimed militia leader has a new attorney.

WCTV spoke with an attorney Thursday who was speaking on Jordan Jereb's behalf. Now, there's a different attorney standing in court representing Jereb.

Tallahassee attorney Ethan Way addressed the court as Jereb's new attorney.

"What about the individual I met yesterday?" Jereb asked during the court appearance via video link from the Leon County Jail.

Way says he was contacted by Jereb's mother to represent him. It was not clear why Steven Glazer is no longer handling the case.

"If my family is recommending you, I think I'll go with you. I think I'll have you as my counsel. Whoever my family's recommending that I go with because they have more information," Jereb said.

The judge mentioned how federal agents found two weapons when they searched Jereb's mother's home Wednesday.

That violated his probation from a 2016 extortion case.

We still don't know what led authorities to getting that search warrant of the house. Jereb remains in jail without bond.

Way declined to comment after the hearing.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

March 23, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Jordan Jereb, a self-proclaimed extremist leader who was arrested after federal authorities served a search warrant at his mother's home in Tallahassee on Wednesday, made another appearance before a judge Friday.

Jereb, who is charged with violating his probation on a 2016 extortion case, is now being represented by a new attorney.

Jereb is being held without bond.


By: Lanetra Bennett I WCTV Eyewitness News

March 22, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Jordan Jereb is jailed without bond.

The self-proclaimed militia leader had his first appearance in court Thursday morning.

"I do invoke my fifth amendment right against self incrimination." Jereb told the judge through video conferencing from the Leon County Jail.

The court hearing comes a day after federal agents raided his mother's home on Park View Drive in Tallahassee. Jereb confirmed with the judge that where he lives.

"I'd like a review of the probable cause just to double check that there is in fact probable cause for arrest." Jereb said during the first appearance.

The judge said Jereb violated his probation on a 2016 extortion case.

"The allegation is they found tactical knives or weapons." Judge J. Layne Smith said.

Jereb's attorney, Steven Glazer, says the knife authorities found was a World War II souvenir.

Glazer says it's not clear yet why there was a warrant to search the home in the first place.

"I see this as a strictly first amendment case. His right to speak his mind, his right to give his opinion, which I might not believe in. But, he's going to say it. He's entitled to it." Said, Glazer.

Jereb first made headlines when he claimed to have trained the Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz. Glazer says he doesn't believe Jereb is connected to that shooting, but says that may have put him on the Feds' radar.

Jereb is due back in court with his new attorney Friday morning.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

March 22, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Jordan Jereb, a self-proclaimed extremist leader who was arrested after federal authorities served a search warrant at his mother's home in Tallahassee on Wednesday, made his first appearance this morning.

Jereb, 22, was seen being escorted out of the home in Tallahassee's Piney Z neighborhood in handcuffs after FBI agents swarmed the house on Wednesday morning.

The exact details of the search warrant have not yet been released.

Jereb is the self-proclaimed leader of the Republic of Florida militia group and had previously claimed that the accused Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was a member of his group. However, officials with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement say Jereb has no proven connections to Cruz.

In court on Thursday morning, the judge said tactical knives and weapons were found during the search, in violation of Jereb's probation.

Jereb had previously served time in prison after being found guilty of

in 2016.

We are working to obtain a copy of the search warrant filed by the FBI.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

March 21, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Federal authorities descended on Tallahassee's Piney Z neighborhood on Wednesday morning to execute a warrant on a self-proclaimed extremist leader.

The Tallahassee Police Department confirmed that agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation were serving a search warrant at a home on Parkview Drive for 22-year-old Jordan Jereb. According to the court database, Jereb was taken into custody for a violation of probation of extortion by threats.

Jereb is the self-proclaimed leader of the Republic of Florida militia group.

Jereb had claimed in the past that the alleged Parkland shooter,

, was a member of his group and participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee. Officials with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement say this claim was never proven, adding that Jereb doesn’t appear to have any connection to the Parkland shooter.

FBI agents could be seen going in and out of the Tallahassee home all morning long. It is not clear at this time whether or not the home belongs to Jereb.

Around 2 p.m., Jereb was seen being led out of the home in handcuffs by authorities.

As he was being place in the patrol car, Jereb could be heard shouting out to our cameras, "I didn't do anything wrong. I'm a good person."

Officials have not released any information on what charges Jereb may be facing.

Jereb had previously served time in prison after being found guilty of

in 2016.

According to court documents, his arraignment has been set for Thursday at 8:29 a.m.

This is a developing story. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.