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Member of white supremacist group illegally crossed U.S. border near Minnesota

MARYLAND - We're learning more about a member of a white supremacist group who illegally crossed the U.S. border near Minnesota in August.

Former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews is part of a white supremacist group called The Base.

According to a court document, officials believe Mathews illegally crossed the border from Manitoba into the United States.

He was arrested with two others in Maryland last Thursday.

Mathews was caught on a hidden camera expressing hope that violence at a gun rights rally in Virginia this week could start a civil war, federal prosecutors said.

The 27-year-old didn't know authorities were watching and listening.

Tuesday, federal prosecutors asked a judge to keep him detained until his trial.

In a separate incident last Friday, the Justice Department charged a Wisconsin man who they say was also a member of The Base.

That man is accused of spray painting swastikas, the group's symbol, and anti-Semitic words on a synagogue in Racine, Wisconsin.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Photo Credit: Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP

Ramona Marozas

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