Alleged Neo-Nazi Behind Clockwork Attack Posts Bail, Released from Rikers Island Last Week
The alleged Neo-Nazi behind last month’s attack on twin brothers outside Clockwork Bar posted bail last week, and was released from Rikers Island.
On February 11, a group of guys associated with the white supremacist gang, 211 Crew, were at Clockwork for an afterparty deejayed by lead singer of the right-wing “oi” band Lonewolf. They apparently weren’t thrilled that one of the brothers – both are Columbia graduate students – had an “anti-facist” sticker on his cell phone. The device was “forcibly removed,” and the brothers were threatened with a knife. The victims were then “punched and kicked in the head repeatedly,” according to police.
(The 211 Crew/211 Bootboys are a skinhead group active in New York City and Washington DC. The local faction of 211 is purportedly not affiliated with the Colorado gang of same, which began behind bars in the 1990s, and now has a presence in several states.)
John Young, a 25-year-old DC native, was the only suspect arrested in connection with the attack. At least three of his buddies remain at large. He was arraigned on charges of menacing in the second degree with a weapon, and spent the last month behind bars in Rikers Island.
He was released last week after posting bail, and will appear in court again next month.
Meanwhile, Young defended himself in an interview with the New York Post this week. He claims that the twin brothers instigated the fight, with one of the brothers having allegedly shouted, “You don’t belong here, this our bar!” then slugged his pal. Based on the court papers, Young told police – “The other male punched me in the eye, and when he did that, I threw him into the trash, then they ran away.”