Leader Of Dylann Roof-Worshipping Neo-Nazi Group Under Police Investigation

Written by on July 27, 2020

A outstanding white supremacist propagandist who as soon as claimed to have influenced the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter is below investigation by authorities in California, a regulation enforcement official mentioned on Monday.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Division informed HuffPost that Andrew Richard Casarez has been below investigation for the final a number of weeks and that his house has been searched.

“Detectives obtained a Gun Violence Restraining Order in opposition to him and served a search warrant at a residence … the place they seized a firearm,” the division mentioned in a press release.

The restraining order prohibits Casarez from having a gun, ammunition or gun journal.

In response to court docket paperwork reviewed by HuffPost, the sheriff’s division obtained the order earlier this month after anti-fascist researchers often known as the Nameless Comrades Collective revealed a report exposing Casarez’s position because the pseudonymous chief of a fascist group that advocates acts of home terror concentrating on minorities.

“Primarily based on my coaching and expertise now that Casarez has been outed as a white supremacist and he has misplaced his anonymity there’s a probability that he might grow to be a ‘lone wolf’ attacker to show his standing to the trigger,” a sergeant within the sheriff’s workplace wrote in a July 13 assertion requesting the restraining order. 

The sergeant additionally said that Casarez had plans to construct his personal AR-15, which might be unregistered and unlawful in California.

Courtroom paperwork present that authorities on July 15 seized 4 objects from Casarez’s Orangevale, California, house: a 9 mm gun, a gun case with two empty magazines, a pair of grey denims and a “black Teeshirt with cranium and crossbones with bowl minimize hair piece on high.”

The brand new info comes simply days after HuffPost confirmed that Casarez was the chief of the Bowl Patrol, a neo-Nazi group that canonizes white supremacist killers like Dylann Roof. “Bowl” is a reference to Roof’s bowl-cut coiffure.

Casarez is a 27-year-old restaurant employee within the Sacramento space who for years posted on-line as “Vic Mackey,” a reputation taken from the corrupt, racist cop on the TV drama “The Defend.”

Underneath his pseudonym, Casarez inspired acts of home terror and referred to as for violence in opposition to individuals of shade. On his podcast, he boasted about his alleged connection to Robert Bowers, who’s charged with the lethal taking pictures of 11 individuals contained in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018. And Casarez has made some extent to brag about real-world crimes in his space.

In 2017, synagogue Temple Or Rishon in Orangevale was defaced with greater than a dozen posters praising Adolf Hitler, the white supremacist web site Each day Stormer, and Roof, who murdered 9 Black individuals in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015. Earlier this yr, a newly opened Sikh temple in Orangevale was vandalized with a spray-painted swastika and the phrases “white energy.” 

Casarez appeared significantly within the vandalism on the synagogue, posting a surveillance picture launched by police that confirmed two white males with their faces lined approaching the constructing. Casarez had altered the picture to present the 2 people bowl-style haircuts.

“What absolute monsters might have accomplished such a factor?!” he wrote of the vandalism in a Discord chat that was leaked by impartial media collective Unicorn Riot.

Two years later, Casarez appeared to have detailed information about one of the simplest ways to deface a constructing and get away with it. Talking on his podcast, he steered carrying gloves when printing out posters and cautioned in opposition to utilizing adhesive tape to place them up as a result of “it could take away paint, they usually can contemplate it vandalism.”

Within the case of Temple Or Rishon, eradicating the posters ripped paint off the partitions, which gave investigators the property harm cost they wanted to categorise the vandalism as a hate crime.

“Detectives are conscious of the incidents [at the synagogue and the Sikh temple], in addition to allegations of Andrew Casarez’s involvement in these crimes,” the sheriff’s division mentioned in its assertion.

Police added that federal authorities are helping within the investigation. Casarez didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Learn HuffPost’s full investigation into Andrew Casarez right here.

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