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Last wanted member of white supremacist group surrenders

Aaron Eason, 38, of Anza was taken into federal custody on Sunday

 

Last updated 10/29/2018 at 9:53am

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Aaron Eason, 38, of Anza.

RIVERSIDE - The fourth member of an alleged member of a Southern California-based white extremist nationalist group suspected of traveling to various political rallies in California and in Charlottesville, Virginia, to incite riots surrendered to authorities on Sunday, Oct. 28, according to the FBI and media reports.

Aaron Eason, 38, of Anza, was the last remaining wanted member of the group to remain at large after three other alleged members of the Rise Above Movement were taken into federal custody.

Robert Rundo, an alleged co-founder and leader of the group, was arrested Sunday, Oct. 21 at Los Angeles International Airport, according to the FBI, while two other members were arrested Oct. 24.

Rundo, 28, of Huntington Beach, appeared in federal court in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning and was ordered to remain jailed without bail.

His attorney denied allegations that Rundo was leading RAM or that he was involved in a pattern of "escalating'' violence.

Rundo is accused along with Robert Boman, 25, of Torrance, Tyler Laube, 22, of Redondo Beach, and Eason with inciting riots or committing acts of violence in furtherance of a riot, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday. Boman and Laube also appeared before a magistrate judge Wednesday and were ordered to remain in federal custody pending trial.

"Throughout 2017, the defendants and other RAM members traveled to political rallies, including in Huntington Beach, California, on March 25, 2017, Berkeley, California, on April 15, 2017, San Bernardino, California, on June 20, 2017, and Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11-12, 2017, '' according to an affidavit filed in support of an arrest warrant. "RAM members violently attacked and assaulted counter-protesters at each of these events.''

If convicted of the conspiracy and riots charges in the complaint, each defendant would face a possible maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information on this group was urged to call the FBI at (310) 477-6565.

 

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