'Stupid comments' keep Spc. Keith Novak in jail - New York News

'Stupid comments' keep Minnesota Guardsman in jail

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

A Minnesota National Guard member accused of stealing IDs from hundreds of members of his former Army unit is appeared in federal court Monday.

Spc. Keith Novak, 25, of Maplewood, Minn. is an Iraq War veteran and is currently an intelligence analyst with the Minnesota National Guard.

The judge agreed to keep Novak in custody not necessarily because of the identity theft charge against him, but rather "stupid comments" he's allegedly made in the past.

The agent in charge of the case described conversations Novak allegedly had with a source about blowing up an NSA facility in Utah and a list of five potential targets Novak talked about with undercover FBI agents. One of those targets was allegedly Warren Buffett.

Novak is not charged for any of the allegations in that testimony.

The judge cut that testimony short, but the court also heard about Novak apparently resisting arrest when the FBI came to his apartment last week. They said he went for a gun in his waistband and was also carrying a knife and brass knuckles.

In conversations recorded by federal agents, Novak commented about what he would do if authorities came to his house. He apparently promised to create a "fatal funnel" in his hallway and shoot anyone trying to arrest him.

Agents found a total of six legally-purchased guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his one bedroom apartment.

Novak's father was in the court room but refused to comment.

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