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October 16, 2013 0

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 0

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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