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Three Men Arrested in Swastika Branding

By Laura Sinberg

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This is just disturbing.

According to the AP, three men in their 20s were charged with kidnapping and aggravated battery after they abducted a 22-year-old mentally challenged man and branded a swastika into his arm with a heated coat hanger.

The article says the men, Jesse Sanford, William Hatch and Paul Beebe — all in their 20s — found the victim at a Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico on April 29 and drove him to an apartment, where the abuse occurred.

An article in the Famington Daily Times says, “The words White Power were written on the back of the victim’s neck and two horns were drawn with red marker on the victim’s face above his eyebrows.” It goes on: “Officials are calling the incident a hate crime.”

Farmington Police Sgt. Robert Perez said in the article that the trio “appear to be associated in some fashion to the white supremacist movement.”

Although the swastika shape has been utilized by some Native Americans — the Navajo used the image to represent a healing ritual — we can’t help but wonder if the perps thought their victim was Jewish.


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