Thursday, May 17, 2012
Authorities allege in court documents that the leaders of the militia-style American Front group aspired to far bigger and more sinister plots. A former Brevard County resident identified as the group’s ringleader was attempting to make ricin, a deadly toxin that is categorized by the government as a weapon of mass destruction, and “has been planning and preparing the AF for what he believes to be an inevitable race war.”
In recent years, much of the American Front’s activities have been concentrated in Florida, where the group’s presence has been centered in Orlando and nearby towns, such as Cocoa, Winter Park, Satsuma, and St. Cloud. Some of that activity has been criminal, with members being arrested for several different incidents of vandalism of churches and synagogues, and other crimes. The St Cloud chapter of American Front, deemed a ‘racist skinhead group’ by the Anti-Defamation League, made a base at the secluded home of leaders Marcus and Patricia Faella.
• John Wyczlinski Venice Fl.
• Marcus Faella and his wife, Patricia Faella, 36, who now live in rural St. Cloud.
•Verlin Lewis, 40, the most recent arrested, who was found in Washington County on Tuesday. Published reports describe him as the leader of the North Florida chapter.
•Mark McGowan, 29, and Jennifer McGowan, 25, of Canaveral Groves.
•Christopher Brooks, 27, of Palm Bay
•Diane Stevens, 28, of Kissimmee.
•Paul Jackson, 25, of Saint Cloud
•Kent McLellan, 22, of Saint Cloud
•Dustin Perry, 27, of Kissimmee
•Richard ‘Swamp Nazi’ Stockdale, 23, of Kissimmee.
•A 12th suspect, Dylan Rettenmaier, is still wanted. He is from Palm Bay.
PHOTOS of Patricia Faella and Marcus Faella.
Federal, state and local authorities arrested much of the core membership of the Florida contingent of the white supremacist American Front this past weekend on hate crimes and conspiracy charges. The American Front is one of the oldest hardcore racist skinhead groups in the United States, with a membership concentrated primarily in northern California and central Florida. Members picked up so far include Marcus Faella, 39; Patricia Faella, 36; The Faellas have played something of a leadership role within the American Front since the shooting death of its previous leader, David Lynch, in California in 2011.
See American Front affadavit (caution: strong language) – Florida Today, http://www.floridatoday.com/assets/pdf/A918903359.PDF