Local men accused of plotting race war indicted on new charges

From left: Robert C. Doyle, Charles Halderman and Ronald Beasley Chaney, III

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A federal grand jury indicted three suspects accused of plotting to start a race war in the Richmond area on new charges Tuesday.

Robert Doyle and Ronald Beasley Chaney III were previously charged with conspiracy to possess firearms after being convicted of felonies, according to an FBI affidavit. On Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Doyle, 34, and Chaney, 33, on new charges, including possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of unregistered firearms.

Some of the firearms in their possession included an M-16 assault rifle, a silencer, a .45 caliber pistol and an “industrial cast booster explosive with a detonation cord and explosive blasting caps,” the indictment says.

Doyle and Chaney were also charged with “knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully” conspiring “to commit the offense of robbery affecting commerce.” An associate, 30-year-old Charles D. Halderman, was also indicted on that charge.

The indictment says that Doyle used the internet to search and find a listing for a silver and coin dealer in the Richmond area “with the intent to plan a robbery. When asked who could assist in the robbery, Doyle told a… witness that Ron Chaney and Danny Halderman were ‘good to go.'”

On or around October 13, Doyle directed that a phone call be made to the silver and coin dealer to obtain info and “set him up” for the robbery. The next day, Doyle talked to a witness about getting a “dirty pistol” for use in the robbery, the indictment says. Doyle called the silver and coin dealer on or around October 14. After the call, Doyle said, “I knew it, I knew it. He’s talking about having loose diamonds, too. I’m telling you man, that’s probably a million dollar lick bro. Literally.”

Less than 10 days later on October 25, court documents say that Doyle and Chaney met with the silver and coin dealer. There, Doyle discussed prices, purchased some silver coins and ordered about $100,000 worth of precious metals and jewels to be bought at a later date while Chaney waited outside.

On November 2, Halderman confirmed that he had discussed the robbery plans with Doyle. The next day, Halderman agreed to participate and said, “I’m firm,” court documents say.

Halderman was already accused of plotting a robbery in hopes of using the money to help Doyle buy land and stockpile weapons for “an impending race war,” court documents say. He was previously charged with robbery conspiracy.

Federal court documents say that in September, the FBI learned of a planned meeting at Doyle’s home, located in the 9800 block of Candlelamp Lane, with other unknown people to discuss bombing or shooting occupants of Black churches and Jewish synagogues, conducting acts of violence against people of the Jewish faith and doing harm to a gun store owner in Oklahoma.

Doyle and Chaney, accused of being white supremacists, have been in custody since November 8.

Doyle has previous charges in Chesterfield from 2002 and 2007 for distribution of marijuana as well as embezzlement charges from 2004. Chaney has charges in Henrico on his record including attempted robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and two counts of malicious wounding that stem from the double shooting of an 18 and 16-year-old.

Stay with 8News for the latest updates to this developing story.

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