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Canadian man tied to white supremacist group to remain in custody in Maryland

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Posted at 6:46 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 18:46:10-05

A former Canadian Armed Forces Reservist linked to a violent white supremacist group, The Base, will remain in custody.

The group was allegedly training for a race war. Patrik Mathews is one of three alleged members who were collecting guns and gas masks for an alleged attack during Monday’s gun rally in Richmond.

On Wednesday, a judge ordered Mathews to be detained until a preliminary hearing next week.

"Agents said Mathews snuck into the U.S. to meet up with the group and was caught on camera saying the group should “derail some f-ing trains, kill some people and poison some water supplies. Mr. Mathews’ statements should be considered within the context of exercising his first amendment right that come within the context of free speech. These defendants did more than talk. They took steps to act and act violently on their racist views.”

Brian Lemley and William Bilbrough will also remain in custody.

Agents said The Base has been using chat rooms since 2018 to talk about creating a white ethno-state and killing Jewish people and African Americans.