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Neo-Nazi with swastika face tattoo on run in Alaska

Alexander Netling, also known as “Bruiser,” was sentenced to five years in prison in March 2019.

“Welcome to Alaska” sign. Credit: Lauraguy/Pixabay.
“Welcome to Alaska” sign. Credit: Lauraguy/Pixabay.

A neo-Nazi with multiple Nazi tattoos, including a swastika on the back of his head, is on the run in Anchorage, Ala., Inside Edition reported.

Alexander Netling, who goes by “Bruiser,” was sentenced to five years in prison in March 2019 for possessing a gun as a felon. He was 25 at the time. Netling was a member of a white supremacist gang, the 1488s, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska stated at the time.

He also has a tattoo on his head that says “Kill cops.”

Police have been looking for Netling for six days, per Inside Edition. The publication reported that the suspect, having recently finished his sentence in prison, is on probation and supervised custody.

In 2019, Bryan Schroder, then-U.S. attorney for the district of Alaska, stated that several 1488s gang members were accused of “alleged roles in a racketeering enterprise involving narcotics distribution, firearms trafficking and acts of violence including murder, assault and kidnapping.”

The indictment identified the gang as a “violent” one for “whites only,” based in prison “with approximately 50 to 100 members operating inside and outside of state prisons throughout Alaska and elsewhere.”

“The 1488s allegedly offered protection to white inmates if they joined the gang, and all members were required to ‘be white, look white and act white,'” per the indictment. “Members allegedly often had tattoos incorporating Nazi-style symbols; however, the most coveted tattoo of 1488s members was the 1488s ‘patch’ that could be worn only by ‘made’ members who generally gained full membership by committing an act of violence on behalf of the gang.”

Netling has a tattoo that states “1488s” within a Nazi symbol. It wasn’t clear if that was the “patch” in question.

“The group’s name combines both white supremacist and neo-Nazi propaganda. The ’14’ is from the ‘Fourteen Words,’ a mission statement written by David Lane that is central to the white supremacist movement: ‘We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,'” per Inside Edition. “The ’88’ represents the eighth letter of the alphabet, ‘H.’ ‘HH’ stands for ‘Heil, Hitler.'”

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