The FBI is helping local authorities investigate an attack on a Black DJ by several white supremacists at a tavern in Washington State over the weekend.
Seven men and one woman have been arrested for assault, hate crimes and other allegations early Saturday in Lynnwood, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The names of those arrested are Randy A. Smith, 38; Cory T. Colwell, 34; Nathaniel L. Woodell, 32; Daniel D. Dorson, 23; Travis Condor, 34; Vincent B. Nutter, 28; Guy A. Miller, 37; and Leah N. Northcraft, 25.
The 34-year-old man was attacked in the early hours after the group entered the bar north of Seattle and requested songs that are theme songs for white supremacy. He declined and they tried to seize his music equipment. The owner of the bar kicked the group out. The DJ went outside for a break and the group began calling him racial slurs Then, they brutally beat and stomped on him. Even an Asian patron tried to intervene and was assaulted as well by the gang.
One of the eight people arrested, Travis Condor, is a former soldier from Pittsburgh who, in 2010, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for beating a homeless man with a baseball bat in Cincinnati. Most recently, it’s been reported that he was one of the participants at the far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va., where a young woman was killed.
The clique was charged with several crimes, including harassment, malicious harassment, and assault.
Under state law, malicious harassment was defined as a threat or violence perpetrated because of “the victim’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap”.
Sheriff Ty Trenary issued a statement, saying: “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.”