Suspect's run ended near KKK base

Feb. 6, 2006 at 11:21 PM
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GASSVILLE, Ark., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The teenager suspected of an ax attack on gays in a Massachusetts bar was near the Arkansas headquarters of white supremacist groups when he was shot.

Gassville, Ark., where Jacob Robida killed a police officer during a traffic stop, is a short drive on the highway from Harrison, home base of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Another group, White Revolution, is headquartered in nearby Russellville, the Boston Herald reported.

Glenn Miller, a White Freedom Party member, lives in Springfield, across the state line in Missouri, where Robida died in a hospital. Miller endorsed Robida's assault, which left three patrons of the Puzzles bar in New Bedford, Mass., seriously injured.

"I approve," he told the Herald. "Hell, I'd like to see that on TV every hour."

Police found Nazi posters and other items in a search of Robida's home after the New Bedford attack. But authorities have not said whether he had formal ties with supremacist groups.

The Herald reported White Revolution has been recruiting in Massachusetts for several years, passing out literature and holding small rallies.

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