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Judge: Alleged Extremist Who Crossed into Minnesota is 'Very Dangerous'

Patrik Mathews was arrested last week on the east coast, months after disappearing from his Manitoba home. Patrik Mathews was arrested last week on the east coast, months after disappearing from his Manitoba home. |  Photo: Provided by RCMP

from Associated Press reports
Created: January 22, 2020 12:14 PM

A federal judge in Maryland has ruled that a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist who's linked to a violent white supremacist group, and who allegedly entered the U.S. with an unlawful border crossing into Minnesota, will remain in custody.

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Sullivan said Wednesday that Patrik Mathews is a “very dangerous person” who “espouses very dangerous beliefs.” Sullivan ordered Mathews detained pending a Jan. 30 preliminary hearing.

Mathews and two other men were arrested last Thursday on federal felony charges in Maryland and Delaware. Authorities said they were believed to be headed to a pro-gun rally in Virginia’s capital.

Federal prosecutors say a hidden camera captured group members expressing hope that violence at the rally could start a civil war. A federal prosecutor disclosed the existence of the video in a court filing Tuesday.

The prosecutor said Mathews also videotaped himself advocating for killing people, poisoning water supplies, and derailing trains.

Mathews had disappeared from his Manitoba home last August after national media reports about his alleged involvement in "The Base." His pickup was later found near the Canadian side of the border north of Roseau, Minn.

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