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White Supremacist Nabbed After Reaching Central America

Rise Above Movement leader Robert Rundo was 'brought back' to US
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2018 8:17 AM CDT
US Attorney Thomas Cullen speaks on Oct. 2, 2018, regarding the arrest of four members of a militant white supremacist group.   (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP)
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(Newser) – Four members of a California-based white supremacist group said to promote racism and fighting have been charged with inciting violence at protests throughout California last year. Rise Above Movement leader Robert Rundo, 28, was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after returning from Central America, while Robert Boman, 25, and Tyler Laube, 22, were detained Wednesday, according to the US Attorney's Office. Together with 38-year-old Aaron Eason, who remains at large, they're accused of acting with the "intent to incite, organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on riots" in Huntington Beach, Berkeley and San Bernardino in 2017, reports NPR.

The FBI notes "RAM members violently attacked and assaulted counter-protesters" and "publicly documented their assaults in order to recruit more members." Per the BBC, Rundo is accused of assaulting two protesters at a Make America Great Again rally in Huntington Beach in March, while Laube allegedly punched a journalist three times in the face. Rundo and Boman are also accused of assaults at an April protest in Berkeley, per the New York Times. Rundo fled the US earlier this month after four other RAM members were arrested on conspiracy to riot charges related to attacks in Charlottesville. He crossed into Mexico, then made it to Central America before being "brought back" to the US, per the Times, which doesn't elaborate on his return. Rundo, Boman, and Laube have each been denied bail. (Read about the earlier cases here.)

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