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Sheriff’s Office to Partner with FBI in Hate Crime Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 10, 2018

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office[email protected], 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

EVERETT, Wash. – Major Crimes detectives from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation following the arrest of eight males who are self-professed members of a neo-Nazi skinhead group and were arrested after allegedly assaulting two black males at a bar Saturday night

The following were arrested and booked for several charges, including harassment, malicious harassment, and 4th degree assault: a 32 year-old from Woodstock, IL, a 23 year-old from Corvallis, OR, a 34 year-old from Pittsburg, PA, a 38 and a 34 year-old from Eugene, OR, a 37 year-old from Tacoma, WA, a 25 year-old from Raleigh, NC, and a 28 year-old from Bothell, WA.  (Sheriff’s Office policy prohibits the release of suspect names until they have had their first hearing in court, which is scheduled for later today.)  The victims are a 37 and a 35 year-old male from Everett, WA.

“We do not and will not ever tolerate acts of hate in Snohomish County. The violent behavior directed at members of our community over the weekend simply because of their race is disgusting. The Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the FBI in hopes of getting the strongest sentencing possible for these hate crimes,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary.

Under Washington state law, malicious harassment (RCW 9A.36.080) is defined as a threats or physical violence perpetrated because of “the victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap.”

All suspects are linked to a white supremacist group and were believed to be in the area for a rally that marks the anniversary of the death of a white supremacist leader on Whidbey Island in the 1980’s.

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CLARIFICATION AND CORRECTION:

  • The suspects arrested were 7 males and 1 female (from Raleigh, NC).
  • The targeted victim (the DJ) is black. The second victim, an employee who was injured when he came to the aid of the targeted victim, is Asian.