Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Ex-Proud Boy Jason Van Dyke now a fugitive after threatening to kill a man and skipping court hearing

The Proud Boys of Texas Armory Located in Van Dyke's Home

The Proud Boy's former attorney and one-day leader Jason Van Dyke failed to show up for a criminal case bond hearing pending in Denton County Texas and looks to have committed another crime in the process.

Van Dyke was accused of making a false report to police about guns being stolen from his truck on September 13, 2018. That led to a misdemeanor charge, his arrest, and his release on a $1000 personal recognizance bond.

A new bond hearing was called, when in early December a man named Tom Retzlaff, who Van Dyke had sued for defamation, contacted the district attorney’s office with evidence that Van Dyke was threatening to kill him.

Earlier this year, Van Dyke filed a defamation case against Thomas Retzlaff in a state district court after Retzlaff called him a Nazi and white supremacist. The lawsuit sought $100 Million in damages.

Van Dyke dropped the lawsuit on December 3rd, but ten days later started sending more death threats to Retzlaff.

Death threats sent from Van Dyke to Tom Retzlaff

The new offense was a violation of Van Dyke's bond conditions, so the district attorney filed to bring the suspect back to court for a new bond hearing that would seek a higher bond and the confiscation of the numerous guns in his possession. The district attorney was concerned that due to Van Dyke's death threats, his possession of guns, and his connections to the extremist group known as the Proud Boys that he posed an immediate danger to the community's safety. 

That hearing was scheduled for Dec. 21st, but Van Dyke failed to show up leading to another arrest warrant being issued on him. The court order says after his capture he is to be held without bond.

Credit: Court documents obtained at www.viaviewfiles.net

The death threats noted in the court documents will likely lead to the filing of additional charges against Van Dyke. It's almost certain his guns will be confiscated and a much higher bond put on him, if the judge relaxes the current no bond condition.

Besides a higher bond and the confiscation of his guns, the district attorney wants Van Dyke to be placed on an electronic ankle monitor, surrender his passport, and not leave Denton County.

If found guilty of any of the charges, Van Dyke could be disbarred from practicing law in the State of Texas.  A felony conviction would prohibit him from ever possessing guns again.

After founder Gavin McInnes fled the group he founded, Van Dyke managed to become the new leader. That lasted for one day as he accidentally revealed the names of their elders council. He was then banished from the notorious group that has come to be known for its political violence and attacks around the nation.

At this point in time no one knows where Van Dyke and his guns are. With his stressors of being booted from the Proud Boys, publicly embarrassed over it, and facing both criminal charges and disbarment, this could end badly.

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