Manville man is leader of white supremacist group busted by feds
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A Central Jersey racist skinhead known for his brief marriage to actor Patrick Swayze's niece was among five members of a white supremacist group who were indicted on weapons, money laundering and drug charges.
The Aryan Strike Force group's online mission statement is "to protect the honor of our women, children and the future of our race and nation" using violence as a necessary tool.
An indictment returned Thursday by a federal grand jury in Pennsylvania accused them of selling methamphetamine, laundering the proceeds and receiving and storing machine gun part firearms.
The indictment stems from an April 13 takedown in Phillipsburg after the group was infiltrated by the feds.
Among the indicted are John Michael "Hatchet" Steever, 37, of Manville, the founder of the Aryan Strike Force.
Steever once had the word "Racist" emblazoned as a tattoo across his forehead, although reports say he had it removed in an effort to spend less in time in jail on a previous conviction for threatening to stab three black teens and to blow up a high school in California in 2006.
Steever made international tabloid headlines in 2011 by marrying the niece of the late "Dirty Dancing" actor.
He also had ties to a group whose members plotted to assassinate President Barack Obama in 2008, according to published reports.
He gets his nickname from his Texas conviction for beating a man with an ax handle.
Also indicted are 40-year-old Henry Lambert Baird, of Brown Mills; 26-year-old Justin Daniel Lough of Waynesboro, Virginia; 40-year-old Jacob Mark Robards of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and 20-year-old Connor Drew Dikes of Silver Spring, Maryland.
No attorney information for the defendants was immediately available Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.