DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – According to his arrest document, an Arizona man linked with a Black militia group who declared on Instagram that he meant to “create hell” at the Daytona Beach Police Department was detained on firearms charges in Daytona Beach.
Kentay Thomas, 31, was detained on Wednesday as a result of an investigation launched in response to an anonymous tip received on June 27. The caller reported they saw an Instagram post from a user named “The Mighty Sprite” who said they were on their way to Daytona to “raise hell” at the police department, according to authorities. According to the arrest report, the caller also identified Thomas as the individual responsible for the post.
Thomas was involved with the New Black Panther Party and the NFAC, also known as the Not (expletive) Around Coalition, according to detectives who began researching the account. The National Black Auxiliary Corps (NFAC) is an all-Black paramilitary organization centered in Atlanta that has members all around the country. Formerly linked with the NFAC was a guy accused of shooting and badly injuring a Daytona Beach police officer.
On July 5, Thomas announced on social media that he was in Daytona Beach and had brought firearms with him. He arrived from Arizona on July 4 at Daytona Beach International Airport with a checked handgun case, according to authorities.
Thomas allegedly proceeded to post images of a handgun, an assault rifle, and a tactile vest to disguise his weapons on social media, according to detectives. According to the study, Thomas stated on one post that he was “ready for all the smoke,” a word that refers to someone who is “ready to combat.”
Thomas does not have a concealed weapons license, according to Arizona Concealed Weapons Unit officials, who verified to Daytona Beach that it was suspended in September 2019.
Detectives say they saw an impression of a firearm in Thomas’ waistline after conducting surveillance on him at a Winghouse on West International Speedway Boulevard.
Thomas was arrested on suspicion of concealing a handgun by detectives on Wednesday.
The NFAC and the New Black Panther Party have been contacted by News 6 for comment.