On June 5, a Comal County, Texas, grand jury indicted a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT), one of the nation’s largest racist prison gangs, on numerous charges related to a 2012 high speed police chase. The indictment charged ABT member Jimmy Ray “Oklahoma” Owen, 32, with aggravated assault against a public servant with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest with a vehicle and criminal mischief.
The police chase began in October 2012 after a police officer in Bulverde, north of San Antonio, spotted a pickup truck that had been reported stolen. The officer tried to stop the truck, but the driver, Owen, allegedly refused to stop. A chase ensued in which Owen reportedly rammed two law enforcement vehicles before losing control of the truck and hitting another vehicle. The collision flung Owen from the truck.
After the collision, officers allegedly found cocaine and a handgun in Owen’s vehicle. Owen was injured in the collision, so officers transported him to a hospital in San Antonio for treatment. However, Owen allegedly escaped from the hospital. U.S. Marshals were able to locate Owen at a San Antonio hotel several days later.
Violence committed by ABT members is common; from its inception in the mid-1980s, the ABT has been one of the most violent gangs of any type in Texas. Currently, the ABT is the most violent white supremacist group in the United States. In November 2012, a federal grand jury in Houston indicted 34 ABT members for allegedly conspiring to participate in racketeering activities, three murders, multiple attempted murders, kidnappings, assaults, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. Several members have already pleaded guilty.
The Anti-Defamation League recently released a new report on the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, detailing its origins, beliefs, organization, and violence.