Self-Avowed White Supremacist Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime in California

  • April 12, 2007

Palm Springs, California, police arrested Mandie Kearns, 28, of Desert Hot Springs, for allegedly stabbing two African-Americans on April 5, 2007.

The incident occurred behind a coffee shop in Palm Springs, after a street fight had broken out involving a group of 15 to 30 people. 

The two victims found by police, a man and a woman, both 20 years old, were severely beaten and stabbed; the woman had two collapsed lungs.

Police arrested Kearns at the scene, where they found a bloody knife in her pocket.  Kearns allegedly told the police that she is a member of a local white supremacist gang called Suicidal Tendencies.

Kearns is being held on $600,000 bail at the Palm Springs Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and a hate crime charge. 

Police are searching for additional suspects.

Updated

Mandie Kearns, 28, of Desert Hot Springs, California, pleaded guilty before a Superior Court judge on November 16, 2007, to being an accessory after the fact, with a hate crime enhancement, in connection with a stabbing attack on two 20-year-old African-Americans near a coffee shop in Palm Springs in April. 

According to law enforcement, Kearns claimed to be a white supremacist and member of a gang called Suicidal Tendencies (no relation to the band by the same name) at the time of her arrest.  Kearns was arrested after being found with a bloody knife at the crime scene. 

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