Feds Arrest 'Crying Nazi' Chris Cantwell on Threat Charges - 2020-01-23
Federal law enforcement agents arrested neo-Nazi leader Chris Cantwell in New Hampshire on Thursday, marking new legal trouble for one of the leaders at the deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Cantwell, who became notorious after the rally as the "crying Nazi" profiled by Vice News, was arrested on two federal charges related to making interstate threats. Daily Beast contributor Seamus Hughes first reported a new indictment against Cantwell on Twitter. Cantwell could not be immediately reached for comment.
The charges against Cantwell related to an alleged attempt to pressure someone to reveal personal information about a Cantwell enemy, according to the indictment. In messages sent on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app that's become a haven for white supremacists, Cantwell allegedly pressured someone to give up what's described in the indictment as "personal identifying information" about a man known by the "on-line pseudonym 'VM.'"