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Terrorizing charges filed against N.D. white supremacists

CARSON, N.D. -- White supremacists Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton are being held without bond after prosecutors charged them Monday with felony terrorizing for approaching residents of Leith with loaded firearms.

Cobb, 62, and Dutton, 29, each face seven counts of terrorizing, a Class C felony, including five counts that carry minimum mandatory sentences of two years in prison because they involve firearms.

Grant County Assistant State’s Attorney Todd Schwarz said he requested the men be held in jail without bond because they pose a flight risk and their behaviors demonstrate a threat to the community.

“The people of the community are rightfully very afraid of these two men. For God’s sakes, they came to their homes with loaded firearms,” Schwarz said. “I don’t know what prompted their action, but it’s not going to be tolerated.”

Cobb bought up property in Leith, home to about 20 people, in hopes of attracting more white supremacists there and taking over the town’s government. Dutton is among the first to join Cobb in Leith, about 75 miles southwest of Bismarck.

Court documents filed in South Central District Court say the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to two 911 calls on Saturday related to Cobb and Dutton approaching people while carrying long-barreled weapons.

Cobb and Dutton are accused of terrorizing five people with loaded firearms, four on Saturday and one on Friday.

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