Three more members of a Southern California-based white nationalist group were in federal custody Wednesday for allegedly traveling to various political rallies in California and in Charlottesville, Virginia, to incite riots.
Robert Rundo, an alleged co-founder and leader of the Rise Above Movement, was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport, according to the FBI, while two other members were arrested Wednesday morning.
Rundo, of Huntington Beach, appeared in federal court in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning and was ordered to remain jailed without bail.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court, Rundo is accused along with Robert Boman of Torrance, Tyler Laube of Redondo Beach and Aaron Eason of Anza with inciting riots or committing acts of violence in furtherance of a riot. Eason remains at large, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Laube and Boman are expected to make their initial appearances in federal court Wednesday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles.
“Throughout 2017, the defendants and other RAM members traveled to political rallies, including in Huntington Beach, California, on March 25, 2017, Berkeley, California, on April 15, 2017, San Bernardino, California, on June 20, 2017, and Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11-12, 2017, ” according to a federal affidavit in support of an arrest warrant. “RAM members violently attacked and assaulted counter-protesters at each of these events.”
The latest arrests come on the heels of the arrests and indictments of four other members of RAM — three of whom are Southland residents — for allegedly inciting the deadly riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year.
Those four defendants — Benjamin Drake Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach, Thomas Walter Gillen, 24, of Redondo Beach, Michael Paul Miselis, 29, of Lawndale, and Cole Evan White, 24, of Clayton, California — were arrested on federal criminal complaints in the early morning hours of Oct. 2.
They were indicted about a week later in Virginia on one count each of conspiracy to violate the federal riots act and traveling across state lines to participate in or incite a riot.