VICTORVILLE, Cal. — Richard Butler Cambria, 18, a member of the white supremacist gang, the Inland Empire Peckerwoods, pleaded guilty to assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. Cambria and his co-defendant, Tommy Lee Rhea, 19, were accused of hollering racial slurs, making criminal threats and assaulting a black family.
Investigators found neo-Nazi and gang-related writings and tagging inside Cambria’s home. They also found a photo of Cambria dressed in red making a gang sign on his cell phone. Another photo on Cambria’s phone showed two unidentified males making a Nazi salute. One of the men in the photo had a Swastika tattoo on his chest and the other was holding a young boy, who was also making the salute.
Cambria and Rhea have been sentenced to 3 years and 4 years in state prison, respectively. They were initially charged in June with hate crime allegations, which were later dropped.
According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials, Cambria and Rhea rushed a black family of four biking on Navajo Road in Apple Valley on their way back from a park, yelling racial slurs and threats at the family and waving baseball bats. Rhea also brandished a knife in his hand.
The victims suffered no injuries, but the parents said their two sons are still suffering from the traumatic experience and afraid to go outside.