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Man With White Supremacist Ties Arrested After Police Chase

Darryl James Mason was captured in Anaheim after a pursuit that began with a 911 call in Laguna Beach.

A high-speed police chase Tuesday night that started in Laguna Canyon resulted in the arrest of a suspect with a reported history of involvement with Orange County's notorious white supremacist gang Public Enemy Number 1 (PEN1).

Darryl James Mason, 42, of Huntington Beach, was arrested on outstanding warrants and suspicion of evading arrest.

The event began at about 8:20 p.m., when a woman called 911 to report that Mason, her ex-husband, was creating a disturbance outside her house on Stan's Lane, a neighborhood just off Laguna Canyon Road. The woman told Laguna Beach police that she thought Mason was going to take her four-year-old son, and cautioned police that Mason was a mixed martial arts fighter as well as a member of PEN1.

When police arrived, Mason took off in a grey sedan, and made his way onto the 73 toll road. The chase wound its way through Irvine, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Santa Ana before finally ending in Anaheim. Officers from several cities as well as the California Highway Patrol were involved in the pursuit.

​PEN1, born in Costa Mesa, is affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang. The Los Angeles Times' Christine Hanley wrote about Mason in 2007 when he testified in a murder trial involving two PEN1 members. In that article, Henley described Mason thusly:

His ink-stained body carries symbols of the Third Reich, and his police record speaks loudly of his days in Public Enemy Number One.

Mason has stolen cars, beaten people and been caught more than once with methamphetamine, he acknowledged on the stand. He once shot a man who pulled a gun on him, but the criminal case against him was later dropped as a matter of self-defense.

Swastikas and "SS" markings tattooed on his shoulders echo sympathies with Nazi Germany. The back of his arms carry the words "White Pride."

In addition to outstanding warrants and evading arrest, Laguna Beach police say they will pursue additional charges against Mason of making terrorist threats and battery.

Kelly Smith July 27, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Either way this article is completely wrong and Darryl has not been affiliated with any gang for years and is only guilty of wanting to see his daughter and unfortunately had to confront his bitter ex wife who uses false police reports (45 on record) knowing his past makes him an easy target for false accusations that lead to unfair arrests SEE MORE ON PATCH Laguna Beach Has the Most Interesting Taco Bell in the World A
Kelly Smith July 27, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Either way this article is completely wrong and Darryl has not been affiliated with any gang for years and is only guilty of wanting to see his daughter and unfortunately had to confront his bitter ex wife who uses false police reports (45 on record) knowing his past makes him an easy target for false accusations that lead to unfair arrests n SEE MORE ON PATCH Laguna Beach Has the Most Interesting Taco Bell in the World A
Rich Kane July 27, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Care to elaborate on what parts are "completely wrong?"
scott storm December 31, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I agree with Rich . This is real SCOTT STORM from San Clemente , not the fake one. and This pisses me off that the news would glorify this situation. Once again the system failed to resolve anything, the punishment dosent fit the crime, prison is not the answer, and why hurt a innocent child and take away his father who was trying to see his daughter. He didnt beat the shitt out of the mom!. NO CRIME WAS COMMITTED. EXCEPT A BATTLE OF WILLS between two people. Darryl is no longer active w PEN1 , so everything about this, is completly wrong and everybody looses except for the DEVIL............
Miguel Perez January 29, 2013 at 12:08 AM
What about failing to stop for the police?

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