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Neo Nazi Leader Under Investigation for California Synagogue Vandalism Dating Back to 2017

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Sacramento-based alleged neo-Nazi is a suspect in a 2017 vandalism incident at Temple Or Rishon, police told J. on Wednesday.

Andrew Richard Casarez, a 27-year-old pizza delivery driver who lives in the Sacramento suburb of Orangevale, leads an online neo-Nazi group called the “Bowl Patrol,” a reference to the hairstyle of convicted mass murderer and white supremacist Dylann Roof, whom they idolize.

In November 2017, a dozen antisemitic fliers were found pasted onto the exterior of Temple Or Rishon in Orangevale. “Hitler, Rockwell and Pierce warned you about sleazy Hollywood,” the fliers read, showing a picture of Harvey Weinstein, the Jewish film producer who at the time had just been accused of widespread sexual assault.


Casarez has been under investigation by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office for at least three weeks, J. reported on Monday. On July 13, the sheriff’s department filed a gun-violence restraining order against Casarez and seized a handgun from his home two days later. Officers filed the GVRO after Casarez was publicly exposed in a blog post by the Anonymous Comrades Collective, a group of anti-fascist researchers.

Officers were concerned that after being exposed, Casarez would “feel forced to react and/or carry out acts of violence based on his ideology,” Sgt. Teresa Deterding said.

The investigation of Casarez is ongoing with “federal and state partners,” said Deterding, who declined to specify which agencies were involved. An additional hearing on the GVRO is scheduled for Aug. 13 in Sacramento County.

A July 24 investigation by the Huffington Post suggested that Casarez was linked to the synagogue vandalism after reporting that he had commented and celebrated them online.