Manuel Flores, age 42 of El Paso, faces a federal charge of posting a
threatening communication over the Internet, announced U.S. Attorney
John F. Bash and FBI Special Agent in Charge Luis M. Quesada, El Paso
On Monday, FBI agents arrested Flores in Dallas based on a federal
criminal complaint filed in El Paso. According to the criminal
complaint, Flores recorded and uploaded a video to YouTube entitled
“[N*****] Lives Matter” in which he made threatening comments to Black
Lives Matter protestors. During the video, the defendant is seated
visible only from the knees down with what appears to be an AR-15 style
rifle resting on the defendant’s feet. Flores stated that he would be
travelling on I-20 Eastbound through Dallas on Monday while daring
individuals representing Black Lives Matter to “stop him.” Flores
further stated that “my dream is at least take out at least 200
On Monday, FBI agents located and arrested Flores in the Dallas area
without incident. He had his initial appearance yesterday before a U.S.
Magistrate in Dallas.
Flores is charged with one count of transmitting threatening
communications. Upon conviction, he faces up to five years in federal
prison. He remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service at this
time awaiting transfer to El Paso. His preliminary hearing before a
U.S. Magistrate in El Paso has yet to be scheduled.
The FBI is investigating this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ian Hanna is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.