Two alleged neo-Nazis face federal weapons charges

April 26, 1994|By Marcia Myers and Peter Hermann | Marcia Myers and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writers

Two alleged members of a neo-Nazi group were charged with federal weapons violations yesterday as a result of a raid in which four high-powered assault weapons and 2,000 rounds of ammunition were seized from their East Baltimore apartment Friday night.

Kerry Troy, 21, of the 100 block of N. East Avenue, was accused of making false statements to a firearms dealer to buy weapons for others. She was released to the custody of her mother, who resides in New Jersey, after appearing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday.

A separate hearing is set this afternoon for James O'Brien, 23, of the same address. He is charged with conspiring to make false statements to a firearms dealer and illegal weapons possession.

Mr. O'Brien is on probation for a 1993 battery conviction in Baltimore County.

A third alleged member of the group, Christopher Beatty, 21, whose address was not available, has been charged in state court with transportation of a concealed deadly weapon in a related matter.

Police said he had a 12-gauge Winchester shotgun in his car when they pulled him over Friday and arrested him. He posted $2,500 bail Saturday and was released.

Police and federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents who raided the apartment said the walls were covered with Nazi flags and pictures of Adolf Hitler.

Neighbors told authorities that the residents were part of a "skinhead" group called the American Resistance.

Authorities began investigating after city police received an anonymous letter and two phone calls this month saying that the group had "quite a few guns."

In a search warrant affidavit, investigators said Mr. O'Brien would accompany Ms. Troy to local gun shops to select weapons. She then would return alone to make the purchases for him under her name, they said.

In Friday's raid, police seized two Colt AR-15 rifles, an M-1 carbine, a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition.

The investigation also revealed that Ms. Troy had purchased a .38-caliber pistol, although that gun has not been recovered. She had placed another weapon, a .22-caliber pistol, on layaway at a local gun shop, investigators said in the affidavit.

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