White supremacist of Danbury arrested for carrying firearms and failure to register as a sex offender
|Published: 08-28-2023 1:14 PM
A weeks-long investigation by state authorities led to the arrest of a white supremacist from Danbury, who may also be charged with a sex offender registration violation as well as firearms charges, according to Andrew Grillo, the Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Granite State.
Christopher Palermo, who’s 47, was found on Kearsarge Valley Road in Wilmot, Grillo announced in a press release. Palermo is connected to the Brother of the White Warrior (BOWW) prison gang, Grillo said. He’s also part of an undisclosed motorcycle gang, Grillo said, and openly displays Nazi and Neo-Nazi symbols on his body, such as swastikas.
Palermo was wanted on a parole warrant and described as “armed and dangerous,” by Grillo.
New Hampshire State Police and Wilmot police closed Kearsarge Valley Road at 1:20 p.m., Grillo said, and approached Palermo outside a residence. He was compliant with officers, who found firearms on the premises.
Palermo was convicted of aggravated felonious sexual assault on a minor in 2012. As a result, he was prohibited from carrying a firearm, and required to register as a sex offender.
Multiple U.S. Marshal sources tipped off authorities that Palermo was in possession of firearms. Also, he was required to register as a sex offender upon his release from jail earlier this year, but a background check indicated that Palermo had never reported his status to the New Hampshire State Police.
“We reached out to the New Hampshire State Police to assist with this investigation, because we rely on their professionalism and knowledge of local towns,” said William R. Hart, United States Marshal for the Granite State. “Our law enforcement partnerships are our most vital tool to keeping our communities safe in New Hampshire.”
The U.S. Marshals - New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force was created in 2002. Grillo said. “It has been part of, and empowered by, the community we serve. Its commitment to enhance the protection of the public through partnerships with local and state jurisdictions has resulted in thousands of arrests.”
Grillo said the Task Force has made arrests for murder, assault, unregistering sex offenders, probation and parole violations and many other serious crimes.