White Supremacists Arrested

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shows Patrik Mathews. FBI agents on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, arrested the former Canadian Armed Forces reservist and two other men who are linked to a violent white supremacist group and were believed to be heading to a pro-gun rally next week in Virginia’s capital. The three men are members of The Base and were arrested on federal charges in a criminal complaint unsealed in Maryland, according to a Justice Department news release. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP)

Three suspected members of a white supremacist extremist group were arrested on federal firearm and alien-related charges following a tactical operation Thursday morning at a Newark-area apartment complex, according to federal agents.

Thirty-three-year old Brian Lemley, Jr., of Elkton, Maryland; 19-year old William Bilbrough IV of Denton, Maryland; and 27-year old Patrik Mathews of Canada are members of the white supremacist group, "The Base," according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

The trio was arrested January 16, 2020 at the Oak Tree Apartment complex off Otts Chapel Road near Newark and will appear in U.S. District Court  Thursday to confront the charges.

Among the charges filed in the federal complaint, the trio is accused of assembling firearm parts to make a machine gun and then providing the gun to Mathews, who they said is in the United States illegally.

Mathews and Lemley were sharing the rented Newark-area apartment, where Thursday's raid occurred, agents said.

Because Mathews is an illegal immigrant, Lemley and Bilbrough now face additional charges of transporting and harboring an alien.

Lemley previously served as a Cavalry Scout in the United States Army and Mathews was a combat engineer in the Canadian Army Reserve. 

The arrests come in advance of a pro-gun rally next week in Richmond, Virginia, which had gotten the extremist group's attention, according to a report in The New York Times.


Editor's note: Only a mugshot of Mathews was available. 

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