Report: FBI Arrests Leader Of Violent Neo-Nazi Gang Who Fled To Mexico


Robert Paul Rundo, new-Nazi founder of the Rise Above Movement, was arrested by the FBI on a federal conspiracy charge.

The leader of a violent neo-Nazi gang who fled to Central America earlier this month was arrested on a federal conspiracy charge after crossing back into Mexico, according to The New York Times.

> Robert Paul Rundo, 28, a resident of Huntington Beach, Calif., is being held at the federal jail in downtown in Los Angeles. He was charged in a criminal complaint that was unsealed Tuesday.


> Mr. Rundo apparently crossed into Mexico two weeks ago and was brought back to the United States on Monday, according to two people familiar with the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they [were] not authorized to speak publicly.


> He is the founder of the Rise Above Movement, a Southern California-based, neo-Nazi gang whose members were involved in violent activity at protests throughout California in 2017. He was among four people associated with the group charged with plotting riots and inciting violence, according to court documents.

Four other members of the Rise Above Movement were indicted earlier this month, The Times reported, on conspiracy to riot charges stemming from their attacks on counterprotesters at last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA — an event that left one woman dead.

> Before founding the Rise Above Movement, Mr. Rundo served 20 months in a New York State prison for stabbing a rival gang member from MS-13 in a 2009 attackin Flushing, Queens. At the time, he was part of a small, multiracial neighborhood gang called the Original Flushing Crew, which was in a feud with a subset of MS-13, known as the Guanacos Little Cycos Salvatruchas, according to a 2012 federal indictment.

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