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Two Charged in Robbery Arrested During Poker Game

January 8, 1985

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) _ Two men charged in a $3.6 million armored car robbery in northern California last year were captured while playing poker in a bar here, according to officials who said the men had links to a neo-Nazi group.

Virgil Barnhill, 28, and Richard Harold Kemp, 22, did not resist, said Kalispell Police Chief Martin Stefanic, who said Kalispell police and FBI agents made the arrests Monday night in the Kalispell Bar.

″We completely had the drop on them,″ said Stefanic of the two, who were charged in the holdup of a Brinks armored car in Ukiah, Calif., last July 19.

Barnhill’s wife, Cindy Hankins, also was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, a handgun, Stefanic said.

All three were held today in the Flathead County jail.

Barnhill also is charged with robbing a Continental Armored Transport in Seattle last April 23, the FBI’s Montana-Idaho office in Butte said.

Stefanic said the men were believed to be members of Aryan Nations, a neo- nazi group involved in a Portland, Ore., gunfight in which an FBI agent was wounded.

″They are very dangerous people,″the police chief said.

Barnhill and Kemp are the third and fourth men arrested in connection with the California armored car robbery.

James Dye, 36, was arrested without incident last Thursday in the suburban Spokane Valley.

Federal authorities have said there were 12 people involved in that robbery, which has been linked with another armored car theft and a bank robbery in the Seattle area.

Dye was a member of a white supremacist group called The Order, authorities have said. The leader, Robert Mathews, of Metaline Falls, Wash., died last month in a siege with FBI agents on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle.

The other suspect being held in the Ukiah robbery, Denver Daw Parmenter II, 32, of Cheney, Wash., was being held in Portland on weapons charges.

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