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October 16, 2013

Former White Supremacist Terror Cell Members Arrested In Arizona

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ATF agents at raid on Kehoe property
(Source: ATF)

On October 14, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) launched a raid on a remote piece of land outside Ash Fork, Arizona, to arrest white supremacist Kirby Kehoe and his son, Cheyne, on weapons charges. 

The two Kehoes, both convicted felons, allegedly possessed around 20-30 firearms, including assault weapons, rifles, and handguns, as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition. Cheyne Kehoe was also allegedly in possession of body armor, also prohibited.

The Kehoes were among the most notorious of the white supremacist terrorists of the 1990s. In the late 1990s, both Kirby and Cheyne Kehoe were members of a domestic terror cell led by Chevie Kehoe, the eldest son of Kirby. While pursuing the grandiose dream of creating an “Aryan People’s Republic,” the Kehoes and other cell members murdered five people, including an eight-year-old girl, engaged in shootouts with police, committed armed robberies, and allegedly planted a bomb at the city hall building of Spokane, Washington.  

Chevie Kehoe eventually received multiple life sentences for his role in the violent acts, while another member, Daniel Lee, received a death sentence. Cheyne Kehoe received a 24-year sentence that was later reduced to 11 years for cooperation, while Kirby Kehoe received a 51-month sentence. 

Kirby Kehoe, who lived in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s, purchased land in Arizona in early 2013, to which he and some other members of his large family moved. The ATF investigation stemmed from an earlier encounter between Cheyne Kehoe and local law enforcement officers in early September.  In this incident, authorities arrested Cheyne on charges of domestic violence-related unlawful imprisonment, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, impersonating a police officer, and assault/touching (knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke such person). 

The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are possible.

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January 23, 2013

White Supremacists Begin New Year With Plot, Murder

Anthony Baumgartner at Charlotte, North Carolina, NSM rally in November 2012

American white supremacists marked the New Year with violence, opening 2013 with a murder in Kentucky and an alleged plot in Ohio.  Suspects in both incidents have ties to neo-Nazi groups.

The murder occurred near the small town of Walton, Kentucky, south of Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 9. About a week later, Boone County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men on kidnapping, murder and abuse of a corpse charges, stating that the suspects had beaten the victim in two separate locations and stabbed and strangled him to death at the second location, then dismembered his body and left parts of it in different places. The victim was a 19-year old drug addict who also allegedly sold heroin to support his own drug habit.  

The suspects arrested were Anthony Baumgartner, 23; Jeffrey Allen, 21; and Stephen Harkness, 22. At least one of the suspects has ties to the white supremacist movement. Baumgartner, who has several white supremacist tattoos, was a relatively recent recruit to the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), with the rank of “Stormtrooper First Class.” He attended a major NSM rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, in November 2012 and also attended or organized local NSM events in Boone County. He claimed to have in the past been involved with a Ku Klux Klan group; this has not been verified.

Baumgartner and the others also admired outlaw motorcycle gangs and Baumgartner claimed on one Web site that he was the former president of a biker club called “SS Bandits.” This has also not been verified.

Recently, he posted to a white supremacist site that “I want to get back in the race war so me and a few other boys in my area are starting to clean up [the] area of drugs and so called street gangs…we had […] enough and its time we stand up and take back what is ares [sic].”

In neighboring Ohio, meanwhile, federal prosecutors in mid-January indicted another neo-Nazi, Richard Schmidt of Bowling Green, on weapons charges. Schmidt, a convicted felon, allegedly had a horde of weapons that included at least 18 assault weapons and more than 40,000 rounds of ammo. According to NBC News, a law enforcement officer said there was evidence that Schmidt possibly was planning attacks on Jewish and civil rights groups in the Detroit area. 

Schmidt was a long-time member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, recently acting as its Toledo contact point, and in the past also occasionally attended meetings of the NSM.

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