NJ Man Hired Online to Firebomb, Shoot at Homes Gets 13 Years in Prison – Krebs on Security

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22-year-old
DATE


New Jersey
GPE

man has been sentenced to

more than 13 years
DATE

in prison for participating in a firebombing and a shooting at homes in

Pennsylvania
GPE


last year
DATE

.

Patrick McGovern-Allen
PERSON

was the subject of a

Sept. 4, 2022
DATE

story here about the emergence of “violence-as-a-service” offerings, where random people from the Internet hire themselves out to perform a variety of local, physical attacks, including firebombing a home, “bricking” windows, slashing tires, or performing a drive-by shooting at someone’s residence.


McGovern-Allen
PERSON

, of

Egg Harbor Township
LOC

,

N.J.
GPE

, was arrested

Aug. 12, 2022
DATE

on an

FBI
ORG

warrant, which showed he was part of a group of cybercriminals who are settling scores with

one
CARDINAL

another by hiring people to carry out violent attacks on their rivals.

That

Sept. 2022
DATE

story about his arrest included links to

two
CARDINAL

videos released on

Telegram
ORG

that were recorded and shared by

McGovern-Allen
ORG

and/or a co-conspirator as “proof” that they had carried out the attacks as hired.

The

first
ORDINAL

showed

two
CARDINAL

young men tossing a Molotov Cocktail at the side of a residence in

Abington Township
GPE

, Pa, setting it ablaze. The

second
ORDINAL

featured

two
CARDINAL

men with handguns unloading multiple rounds haphazardly into the

first
ORDINAL

story of a house in

West Chester
GPE

,

Pa.
GPE

Fortunately in both cases, the occupants of the homes were unharmed in the attacks.

Federal prosecutors said

McGovern-Allen
PERSON

went by the alias “Tongue” on

Discord
ORG

, and that in

one
CARDINAL

chat he was quite explicit about his violence-as-a-service offering.

“In the chats, [Tongue] tells other

Discord
ORG

users that he was the person who shot

K.M.
PERSON

’s house and that he was willing to commit firebombings using

Molotov Cocktails
ORG

,” the complaint against

McGovern-Allen
PERSON

explains. “For example, in

one
CARDINAL


Discord
ORG

chat from

March 2022
DATE

, [the defendant] states ‘if you need anything done for $ lmk [“let me know”]/I did a shooting/Molotov/but I can also do things for ur entertainment.”

The chat channels that

Tongue
ORG

frequented have

hundreds to thousands
CARDINAL

of members each, and some of the more interesting solicitations on these communities are job offers for in-person assignments and tasks that can be found if one searches for posts titled, “If you live near,” or “

IRL
ORG

job” — short for “in real life” job. A number of these classified ads are in service of performing “brickings,” where someone is hired to visit a specific address and toss a brick through the target’s window.


McGovern-Allen
PERSON

was in the news not long ago. According to a

Sept. 2020
DATE

story from

The Press of Atlantic City
ORG

, a then

19-year-old
DATE


Patrick McGovern-Allen
PERSON

was injured after driving into a building and forcing residents from their home.

“Police found a

2007
DATE


Lexus
ORG

, driven by

Patrick McGovern-Allen
PERSON

,

19
DATE

, that had lost control and left the road, crashing into the eastern end of the

1600
CARDINAL

building,” the story recounted. “The car was driven through the steps that provide access to the

second
ORDINAL

-floor apartments, destroying them, and also caused damage to the outer wall.”

A copy of

McGovern-Allen’s
ORG

sentencing statement says he pleaded guilty to

three
CARDINAL

criminal counts, including

two
CARDINAL

for stalking, and one for the use of fire in commission of a federal felony. The judge in the case gave

McGovern-Allen
PERSON

160 months in prison —

about 13.3 years
DATE

. After completing his sentence,

McGovern-Allen
PERSON

will be on supervised release for

three years
DATE

.