A man claiming to be a member of the Aryan Circle gang is accused of threatening to kill a woman and her two friends in a Tempe grocery store after the women defended a black man.
Police arrested Walter Scoby, 40, on May 2, on suspicion of three counts each of threatening-intimidating, assisting a street gang and disorderly conduct.
During an incident Feb. 27 at Food City, 1338 E. Apache Blvd., police say Scoby made racial slurs to a black man inside the store, and then lifted his shirt and displayed a swastika tattoo while slapping it as he became confrontational with the women who defended the black man. The woman he allegedly threatened to kill, ultimately called Scoby ignorant after she told the other man not to worry, further irritating Scoby, according to a Tempe police report.
Inside the store, Scoby also called the woman a disgrace to her race because the two friends who accompanied her were Hispanic, police said.
Scoby and his wife fled on red scooters after police were called. This month, officers from the Tempe police gang unit caught him when they found him riding the same scooter.
When police arrested Scoby in the 1900 block of E. Don Carlos after recognizing him from a picture, Scoby told an officer he had “earned” the swastika and Nazi bolt tattoos and that the Aryan Circle is a documented prison security threat group out of Texas, where he served time, according to police.
While in prison, Scoby claimed to have “earned his Blood” to the gang by assaulting a security guard, and earned his “patch” by assaulting a child molester, a Tempe police report stated.
Scoby is being held in a Maricopa County jail.
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