Two neo-Nazis who want to turn a small North Dakota town into an all-white community were being held without bail Tuesday after allegedly threatening and intimidating citizens while "patrolling" the town with their weapons.
Craig Cobb, 62, and Kynan Dutton, 29, are each charged with seven counts of terrorizing residents of Leith, five of them involving guns. The pair could face mandatory minimum sentences of two years in jail for each, the Bismarck Tribune reports.
Cobb gained national attention recently when he appeared on theTrisha Goddard Show's "Race in America" series and agreed to undergo DNA testing. The results showed he is 14% sub-Saharan African and 86% European. Cobb rejected the results as "short science" and "statistical noise".
In a text message to the Tribune before he was taken into custody Saturday afternoon, Cobb said, "Because of the many violences (sic) and harassments against we (sic) and the children, we have commenced armed patrols of Leith." In a follow up text, Cobb said he has new plans to name some of his property the "Adolph Hitler Pvt. Park of Leith."
Cobb, a hate crimes fugitive from Canada with a long history of association with hate groups and white separatist believers, has been embroiled with the town council for months over his attempt to buy up property and bring in enough neo-Nazi sympathizers to take over the town council.
Grant County records show that Cobb, who has purchased 13 lots, has since transferred ownership of two lots: one to Tom Metzger, a former grand dragon of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in California, which founded the White Aryan Resistance, and another to Alex Linder, originator of the Vanguard News Network, a white supremacist website, according to the civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center. >>more from USA Today<<