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5 alleged skinheads plead not guilty

April 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Five alleged members of a violent white supremacist street gang were arraigned in a Victorville, California, courtroom Thursday. They all pleaded not guilty. One of the suspects, 33-year-old Raymond Williams, is on the National Terrorist Watch List. Other suspects include 32-year-old Jeremy Brower, 33-year-old Mark Goslyn, 23-year-old Thomas Mason and his younger brother Joseph Mason.

The gang calls itself the Inland Empire Skinheads and targets victims based on their race.

"They feel that the whites need to, in their opinion, that the white people need to come together and fight against other backgrounds and beliefs", said San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputy Eric Ogaz. Sheriff's detectives said the gang is responsible for murder, assaults, drug trafficking and armed robbery.

San Bernardino County Sheriff's detectives said the suspects actively recruited at high schools using gang paraphernalia, banners and crosses. They also said the gang recruited kids using the networking website MySpace.

The judge ordered the five suspects back to jail on bail amounts ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.

Two women were also arrested in the skinhead gang sweep and detectives believe they attempted to manipulate their pregnancies.

"Both of them were actually considering having their labor induced so their children could be born on April 20th, Adolf Hitler's birthday, which to me is quite disheartening and actually very alarming," said Sheriff Rod Hoops. Both women will be arraigned at a later date.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said dozens more members of the skinheads gang are still on the streets and the investigation is ongoing.


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