'QAnon-obsessed' dad Matthew Coleman kills his two kids with spear gun believing they were 'serpent monsters', cops say
A "QANON-obsessed" dad is accused of killing his two kids with a spear gun believing that they were "serpent monsters," cops said.
Matthew Coleman, 40, who owns a surfing school in California, reportedly admitted to the FBI that he killed the two children in Mexico on Monday.
He told FBI agents that he took his 2-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter to Rosarito, Mexico, and shot them with a "spear-fishing gun" in the chests, according to an affidavit filed by the FBI.
The dad, of Santa Barbara, told authorities that "he believed his children were going to grow into monsters so he had to kill them," the court document said.
After being detained at a border checkpoint, Coleman told an FBI agent that "he was enlightened by QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories and was receiving visions and signs revealing that his wife, A.C., possessed serpent DNA and passed it on to his children," the affidavit said.
Coleman was detained after his wife reported him missing to Santa Barbara police on Saturday.
His wife told police that her husband had left in the family's van and she wasn't sure where they were going.
However, she told police that she didn't believe the children were in any danger and there was no argument of any sort before they left, according to the affidavit.
Coleman and the children apparently checked into a Rosarito hotel on Saturday and were seen in video footage leaving before dawn on Monday.
Coleman later returned to the hotel himself and was detained later that day near an entry point into the US in San Diego.
A farmworker found the children's bodies on Monday at a ranch near Rosarito in Baja California, authorities there have said.
An iPhone-finding application placed Coleman's phone in Rosarito on Sunday, and on Monday it was traced to an area of Mexico near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, according to the affidavit.
'ENLIGHTENED' BY QANON
Coleman was detained at the border checkpoint, where during an interview with an FBI agent he explained that he was "enlightened by QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories and was receiving visions and signs revealing that his wife, A.C., possessed serpent DNA and had passed it on to his children," according to the affidavit.
He is facing a federal charge of the foreign murder of U.S. nationals, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Baja, California's Attorney General Hiram Sanchez said that Coleman was well aware of the consequences of his actions.
"We are talking about someone who was educated and had degrees," he said.
"It was clear to him of the consequences he could face for the actions he was taking."
'SAVE THE WORLD'
According to the affidavit, Coleman admitted that he knew killing his kids was wrong, but it was "the only course of action that would save the world."
The suspect is the founder of the Lovewater surfing school in Santa Barbara.
During a court appearance on Wednesday, a judge ordered that Coleman be detained.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles on August 31.
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