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March 28, 2014

Elmore family faces rioting charges

Incident involved dispute with South Africans


Beck told officer Andy Haken of the Elmore Police Department that the group had jumped him "for no reason" and that Garvick had helped them attack him. During a later interview with police, Garvick told Haken that Beck had stopped by her house just prior to his report with a bloody face. She said he accused her of causing his injury and that he would claim she helped the group attack him, according to the report.

A few hours later, Haken was called to the group's residence because Beck, his brother and his father had approached the property. Haken allegedly found the group in a line at the edge of their property, ready to repel any actions by the Beck family.

The complaints said Haken repeatedly told the Beck family to disperse, but they did not comply. A member of the group claimed Matthew Beck had a knife and had attempted to stab a person in the group. Haken found a silver knife in Mathew Beck's possession and arrested him. He had to repeatedly tell Beck's father to keep his distance.

The complaints also allege that the Beck family made several threats of violence and future terrorist acts against the group.

The family did not respond to attempts to contact them.


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