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In Vancouver, Washington, a Cluster of Luysters

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Brent Luys­ter

Mem­bers of the Clark County, Wash­ing­ton, SWAT team arrested three men this past week, at least two of them known white suprema­cists, in con­nec­tion with a pos­si­ble hate crime at a Van­cou­ver bar in March 2013.  Arrested at their sep­a­rate res­i­dences were Brent Ward Luys­ter, Robert Arlen Luys­ter, and Don­ald H. McElfish. 

The three men allegedly attacked a 45-year-old black man at a bar in Rose Vil­lage, punch­ing, kick­ing and beat­ing the vic­tim while using racial slurs and threat­en­ing to kill him.  Police have charged the three sus­pects with second-degree felony assault and racially moti­vated mali­cious harassment.

The two Luys­ter broth­ers have a long his­tory of white supremacy and crim­i­nal activ­ity, dat­ing back to at least 2000.  That sum­mer, as racist skin­heads, the two men (and two oth­ers) attacked an African-American man in a racially-motivated assault.  They pleaded guilty to assault charges in 2001.  Three years later, police arrested Brent W. Luys­ter again, this time for vio­lat­ing parole by asso­ci­at­ing with another white suprema­cist.  In July 2005, Van­cou­ver police arrested Brent W. Luys­ter and another white suprema­cist on alle­ga­tions of mali­cious harassment.

Brent W. and Robert A. Luys­ter have not, how­ever, been the only Luys­ters to have got­ten in trou­ble in this fash­ion.  In late 2004, another Brent Luys­ter, Brent D. Luys­ter (iden­ti­fi­able by the “white pride” tat­toos on his upper arms), briefly escaped from the Larch Cor­rec­tions Cen­ter in east­ern Clark County.  He may be the father of Brent W. and Robert.

In early 2005, Port­land, Ore­gon, police arrested a fourth white suprema­cist Luys­ter, Michael Lee Luys­ter, for not hav­ing a driver’s license while trans­port­ing a car­load of white suprema­cists to protest at a local com­mu­nity cen­ter.  Port­land is just south of Vancouver.