Pennsylvania survivalist arrested in Camden County on weapons charge

Posted: February 15, 2013

A Pennsylvania man who set up a survivalist meet-up group was arrested Tuesday on weapons charges after he showed up at a Camden County municipal court to challenge a traffic violation, police said Wednesday.

Fernando Antonio Salguero, 39, had illegally parked his 2005 Ford Crown Victoria - equipped like a police car, with an antenna and lights - in front of the Somerdale municipal court, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

Police checked the license plate and requested the assistance of the Camden County Sheriff's Department's bomb squad after discovering a weapons charge against Salguero out of Hopewell and recent Somerdale offenses, including driving with a revoked license, officials said.

A police dog indicated explosive materials in the car, but police found none. The Bridgeport, Pa., resident was arrested after police found teargas canisters and rocket-propelled flares.

He was held in the Camden County Jail on $32,500 bail. A phone number for Salguero could not be immediately located.

A 2009 Philadelphia Weekly article described Salguero as a survivalist who earned his living selling water and air purification systems.

In 2008, he started a meet-up group called Survive and Thrive - for those who, like himself, "don't fit the Confederate flag-hat-wearing, baccy-chewing, racism-spewing stereotype," he told the paper.


Contact Darran Simon at 856-779-3829 or at dsimon@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @darransimon.

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