Chris Simcox, the co-founder of the Arizona Minutemen Civil Defense Corps border patrol group was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of molesting three young girls.
According to Reuters the 52-year-old Simcox was booked into a Maricopa County jail in connection with the molestation of three girls under the age of 10. Ready to get sick? Simcox is a former kindergarten teacher from California.
Simcox and his Minutemen are a force of TEAbilly racists that sat in lawn chairs on the border of Arizona and Mexico to report crossing illegal immigrants to law enforcement. The group was disbanded in 2010.
According to Talking Points Memo, Simcox’s path toward vigilante fame began in the days after Sept. 11, 2001. He was living in Los Angeles when the planes were hijacked, working as a teacher at a private school, a job he had held since 1990, after giving up on an acting career. 9/11 changed something in Simcox. He began talking about stockpiling weapons and “apocalyptic premonitions.”
“I feel that the people that are coming across, invading this country, I think that they should be treated as enemies of the state. We need to be putting them in work camps. Anyone could walk through these borders of this country bringing bombs, chemicals, weapons of mass destruction. I think they should be shot on sight, personally.”
Those guys [D.C. politicians] need to be, you know, lynched. If we’re attacked again, then we need some vigilante-ism. Then we need some going into Washington, pulling them out of their offices, kicking them out of office. We need revolution.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center in 2005 reported on the group and its members who fantasized about killing immigrants.
“It should be legal to kill illegals,” said Carl, a 69-year old retired Special Forces veteran who fought in Vietnam and now lives out West. “Just shoot ’em on sight. That’s my immigration policy recommendation. You break into my country, you die.”
Carl was armed with a revolver chambered to fire shotgun shells. He wore this hand cannon in a holster below a shirt that howled “American bad asses” in red, white and blue. The other vigilantes assigned to Station Two included a pair of self-professed members of the National Alliance, a violent neo-Nazi organization. These men, who gave their names only as Johnny and Michael, were outfitted in full-body camouflage and strapped with semi-automatic pistols.
Earlier that day, Johnny and Michael had scouted sniper positions in the rolling, cactus-studded foothills north of Border Road, taking compass readings and drawing maps for future reference.
“I agree completely,” Michael said. “You get up there with a rifle and start shooting four or five of them a week, the other four or five thousand behind them are going to think twice about crossing that line.”
Simcox has denied the allegations, though according to Phoenix Police Spokesman Sergeant Tommy Thompson, Detectives with the department’s Family Investigations Bureau developed “probable cause” that Simcox had sexual conduct with the girls during the past several months.
Here’s a video of Simcox talking about his jaunts into the desert to hunt immigrants.