An alleged far-left activist from South Florida -who painted threatening anti-police messages alongside the images of a Soviet sickle and hammer on a Lake Worth resident’s fence- reportedly tried to buy an SKS rifle and was known for wearing the uniforms of former and current communist militaries.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 24-year-old Tyler Miller in connection to several acts of graffiti around the city of Lake Worth, the first of which was reported on January 14.
Ranging from the Soviet sickle and hammer to phrases like “Walk the Red Earth,” and “Kill a Cop, Save A Life,” Miller was caught thanks to CCTV footage from a home at one of his more recent crime scenes.
According to an arrest report obtained by CBS 12, Miller once tried to buy an SKS, a Soviet-era semi-automatic rifle that uses clips instead of magazines, not unlike an M1 Garand.
Witnesses report seeing Miller dressed in a Chinese People’s Liberation Army uniform while filling out paperwork at a firearms store, and another local individual identified him as a member of the militant left-wing “Red Line Cadre,” formerly known as the “Fellow Travelers” organization.
“After a protest they organized around early 2016 yielded a lower than expected turnout, [Miller] took it really hard and started pushing the group in a much more idiotic and violent direction,” Lake Worth local C. Alustatha said on Lake Worth Local, a public Facebook group focused on the city Lake Worth and a frequent discussion board for local crimes in the area. “Encouraging clashing with police at protests, property destruction, stockpiling arms and ammunition, etc. When I told him I didn’t want to be a part of that and that I considered it a misstep, he ejected me from the group.”
Other witnesses report seeing Miller during the 2018 May Day parade in downtown Lake Worth, which involved organizations such as the Palm Beach County Tenant’s Union and individuals waving Soviet and Antifa flags, chanting phrases such as, “Abolish the police, no justice, no peace.”
Miller has been charged on six counts of damage to property and criminal mischief.
Long known for high crime rates, Lake Worth has become a hotbed for extreme and often violent far-left activity, with many local organizations springing up or gaining strength in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency.
According to AreaVibes, which reportedly pulls crime stats from local government sources, Lake Worth is safer than 2% of the cities in the United States on a per 100,000 resident basis, with residents facing a 1 in 78 chance of being a victim of a violent crime on any given day.