Local 4 News has identified who is behind the distribution of white supremacist fliers at various locations around the Quad-Cities. Last night, Davenport Police arrested 53-year-old James Lee Mathias of Davenport on a warrant issued last fall.
Mathias was charged with carrying weapons on school grounds.
According to his arrest affidavit, police received a report of a suspicious man distributing fliers on cars in the parking lot of Brady Street Stadium.
When asked for identification, the man reached into his back pants pocket revealing a bulge on his waistline appearing to be a gun.
Police say Mathias confirmed it was a gun and was able to provide a permit.
Scott County Attorney Mike Walton confirmed to Local 4 News those fliers were the National Alliance fliers that have turned up in various locations around the Quad Cities and Iowa City.
According to a document published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Mathias is known to be a major donor to the National Alliance.
The group, which is one of the top organizations tracking hate groups in America, has information that Mathias purchased large quantities of a book distributed by the National Alliance.
Mathias’ name also appears on frequent posts on a white supremacist website, with many of his posts referencing the local distribution of fliers.
Mathias has posted a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear back in Scott County Court a week from today.