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Police say threats led to blows, charges

Self-proclaimed skinhead accused of harassment

A self-proclaimed skinhead was knocked unconscious by a black man after threatening to stab him last weekend in Bayview, Idaho, officials said Friday.

Daren Christopher Abbey, 28, was booked into jail on a malicious harassment charge after being treated at a hospital for facial fractures, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.

Abbey is accused of threatening to stab Marlon L. Baker, 46, inside J.D.’s Resort on July 3 in Bayview after telling Baker he didn’t belong in the bar because he was black, said Lt. Stu Miller.

Baker left the bar to avoid a fight, but police say Abbey followed him to a marina about 300 yards away, called him racial slurs and again threatened to stab him.

“He said black people don’t belong in Bayview,” Miller said.

Baker punched Abbey once in the face, knocking him to the ground unconscious.

Sheriff’s officials already were in Bayview patrolling the Independence Day weekend festival. Miller said they arrived about 8:50 p.m. to find Abbey unconscious.

Abbey apparently was unaware of the writing on the back of Baker’s T-shirt: “Spokane Boxing Club champion.”

“If he had been able to read that maybe he wouldn’t have done that,” Miller said.

Spokane Boxing Club President Rick Welliver said Baker, who could not be reached for comment, is not affiliated with his organization and is not a boxer.

Miller said Baker acted in self-defense.

“He felt threatened – there was an actual threat that was made that he was going to get stabbed,” Miller said. Abbey “actually followed him for quite some distance.”

Baker told deputies he punched Abbey instinctively as he approached, Miller said.

Abbey has several neo-Nazi tattoos and told Coeur d’Alene police in 2004 that he was an “independent skinhead” who didn’t like minorities, Miller said. Abbey, of Sacramento, Calif., said he is living as a transient in the Coeur d’Alene area after moving from Montana, Miller said. He remains in jail on $75,000 bond for felony charges of malicious harassment, which is Idaho’s hate crime law, and battery.



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