Mesa police arrest man who says he's a skinhead
July 29, 2008 - 4:40PM
Katie McDevitt, Tribune
An alleged skinhead who police believe grabbed a shovel and threatened to kill a Hispanic woman was arrested Monday in Mesa and faces charges of aggravated assault, threatening and intimidating in the furtherance of a gang and participating in a criminal street gang, court records say.
According to court records, Kelley W. Peters, 37, of Mesa, is suspected of grabbing a shovel from his vehicle about 6:30 p.m. in the 400 block of W. Ivyglen, near Country Club Drive south of McKellips Road, and walking aggressively towards a group of Hispanic people who were sitting quietly under a tree mourning the loss of a loved one.
Peters then yelled that he wanted his step-daughter and raised a shovel saying he was a skinhead and would kill someone, court records say. Peters realized he was outnumbered and backed down from the confrontation. He was arrested nearby, court records say.
Court records said Peters told police he was looking for his step-daughter and said he was a skinhead and wanted to intimidate the group of Hispanic people. He also told Mesa police he pulled out a knife, court records say.
Police did not say why Peters approached the crowd for his step-daughter.
Peters told authorities he is a member of the gang Western Hammerskin, and that he began practicing in 1985 as a Bully Boy, according to court records.
Peters said he has multiple skinhead tatoos on his body, such as a swastika and a tattoo that reads “Hitler’s Warrior.” Peters said he follows the Asatru religion, which is the worship of Viking gods, a common practice in the Skinhead culture, according to court records.
Source: East Valley Tribune