Three Texas Men Arrested Following Richard Spencer’s University Speech

  • October 20, 2017

Three Texas men are currently in jail in Alachua County, Florida on charges of attempted homicide for their roles in an altercation following Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville yesterday. The three men allegedly yelled, “Heil Hitler,” while driving by a group standing near a bus stop, leading to an altercation in which one of them, Tyler Tenbrink, reportedly fired a gun. All three men, William Fears, Colton Fears, and Tenbrink, have attended white supremacist events.

William Fears

William Fears

William Fears

William Henry Fears of Pasadena, Texas, is an active white supremacist with ties to several white supremacist groups in the state, including Vanguard America and Patriot Front, a new alt right group that broke away from Vanguard America in late August. He has also participated in events organized by a loosely organized group of Houston area white supremacists who promote the “White Live Matter” mantra. During the August “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Fears wore a helmet bearing the numeric white supremacist symbol 14/88 and carried a flag with a Sonnenrad, another white supremacist symbol. Some of his activism includes the following events:

  • September 24, 2017, Houston, Texas: Protested an Anarchist Book Fair with members of the Patriot Front, Daily Stormer book clubs, and the Houston Goylers
  • Sept 10, 2017, Dallas, Texas: Protested the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue
  • August 11-12, 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia: Participated in the torch march and Unite the Right rally
  • May 7, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana: Counter-protested a group supporting the removal of the several of the city’s Confederate monuments
  • June 18, 2017, Austin, Texas: Helped organize a white supremacist rally on the Capitol steps. He spoke during the event.
  • April 2017, Houston, Texas: Participated in a counter-protest of a Houston Socialist Movement event with a group of white supremacists, including members of the Alt Right movement and the neo-Nazi Aryan Renaissance Society
  • December 6, 2016, College Station, Texas: Attended Richard Spencer’s speech at Texas A&M

Tyler Tenbrink

Tyler Tenbrink

Tyler Tenbrink

Tyler Eugene Tenbrink is a white supremacist activist from Richmond, Texas, who first came to ADL’s attention as a White Lives Matter activist in the Houston area. More recently he has attended events organized by groups such as Vanguard America and the Daily Stormer book club. Some of his activism includes the following events:

  • August 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia: Participated in the torch march and Unite the Right rally
  • June 18, 2017, Austin, Texas: Participated in a white supremacist rally on the Capitol steps
  • December 2016, College Station, Texas: Attended Richard Spencer’s speech at Texas A&M
  • October 2016, Houston, Texas: Participated in a white supremacist protest in front of the Houston ADL offices
  • September 2016, Magnolia, Texas: Participated in a private event organized by the Aryan Renaissance Society, a neo-Nazi group.
  • August 2016, Houston, Texas: Participated in a white supremacist protest in front of the Houston NAACP office.

Colton Fears

Colton Gene Fears of Pasadena, the least active of the three, first came to the ADL’s attention when he participated in a protest of the Houston Socialist movement while armed with an assault rifle. Some of his activism includes the following events:

  • August 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia: Participated in the torch march and Unite the Right rally
  • April 2017, Houston, Texas: Participated in a counter-protest of a Houston Socialist Movement event with a group of white supremacists, including members of the Alt Right movement and the neo-Nazi Aryan Renaissance Society.
Colton Fears

Colton Fears: Front row second from right, in grey shirt