28-year-old Robert Rundo — the founder of the Rise Above Movement gang that attacked protesters in Charlottesville — has been taken into custody by the FBI.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Rundo fled to Mexico two weeks ago and proceeded into Central America before the FBI arrested him. Several members of his gang were indicted last week on federal rioting charges in Charlottesville, Virginia. Rundo, for his part, was charged with one count of conspiracy to riot, and is currently being held at a federal jail in Los Angeles, according to the Times.
Media outlet ProPublica initially reported on the Rise Above Movement (RAM) after last year’s “Unite the Right” rally, that ended in the death of 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer following a terrorist attack by a neo-Nazi participant in the march. One RAM member ProPublica identified in its initial report — Benjamin Drake Daley — ended up getting indicted. The outlet described RAM as a fight club specifically for white supremacists:
The group, based in Southern California, claims more than 50 members and a singular purpose: physically attacking its ideological foes. RAM’s members spend weekends training in boxing and other martial arts, and they have boasted publicly of their violence during protests in Huntington Beach, San Bernardino and Berkeley. Many of the altercations have been captured on video, and its members are not hard to spot.
In a joint investigation with Frontline, ProPublica also identified Michael Paul Miselis, who was also one of the four RAM members indicted, along with Walter Gellen, and Cole Evan White. Miselis reportedly lost his job with defense contractor Northrop Grumman following the report identifying him as a member of the group.
Aside from Rundo, the FBI also apprehended RAM members Robert Boman and Tyler Laube. Another member of the gang, Aaron Eason, is still at large, according to the Times.
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