An affair with another man’s wife allegedly preceded an assault that led to criminal charges against a white nationalist who helped lead a rally in Eastern Kentucky last year.
Matthew Heimbach, 26, was arrested early Tuesday at his home in Paoli, Ind., and is charged with battery and domestic battery committed in the presence of a child, according to a court record. The domestic battery charge is a felony.
Heimbach, who helped found the Traditionalist Worker Party, has been involved in white nationalist rallies across the county and helped coordinate a rally in Pikeville last April.
At the height of the rally, about 125 white nationalists and 200 opponents yelled at each other from across barricades on Main Street, but a heavy police presence kept the to sides separated and there was no physical violence.
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The Traditionalist Worker Party is a neo-Nazi group that advocates for “racially pure nations and communities and blames Jews for many of the world’s problems,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The center describes the organization as a hate group allied with others that hold white supremacist views.
Heimbach’s wife Brooke, 24, said she and David M. Parrott learned recently that Parrott’s wife, Jessica, and Heimbach had been having an affair, according to a statement in the court record from Rachel Rodriguez, a Paoli police officer.
Brooke Heimbach is David M. Parrott’s stepdaughter, according to a court record.
Matthew Heimbach and Jessica Parrott said the affair was over, but Jessica Parrott and Brooke Heimbach made a plan to “set up” Matthew Heimbach to see if he would try to sleep with Parrott again, according to the report.
Brooke Heimbach and David Parrott then planned to spy on their spouses from outside the mobile home where the two were to meet.
Brooke Heimbach got scared and ran away, but David Parrott stayed behind, “watching the encounter” while standing on a box so he could see in a window, according to the police report.
Parott said in a statement that he saw his wife and Heimbach preparing to have sex.
The box broke, however, and David Parrott ran inside the trailer and confronted Heimbach, telling him to get off the property, which Parrott owned, according to the court record.
After Parrott poked Heimbach in the chest, Heimbach allegedly choked Parrott until he passed out briefly.
Heimbach allegedly choked Parrott a second time during a confrontation at Parrott’s house next door a few minutes later, the report said.
Parrott then ran to a nearby Walmart, carrying his 4-month-old daughter, and called for help.
Rodriguez, the police officer, said that when she went to speak with Matthew and Brooke Heimbach, Rodriguez could hear Heimbach inside the house telling his wife to say everything was fine and to send the police away.
The officer said she heard Heimbach raise his voice and then the sound of a scuffle.
Rodriguez went in and handcuffed Heimbach.
Brooke Heimbach said in a statement that when she refused to get rid of the police, Heimbach kicked the wall, grabbed her cheeks so hard he drew blood, and threw her onto a bed.
The couple’s sons, ages 2 and 8 months, were in the room during the alleged attack, Rodriguez said in her report.
Parrott also has been associated with the Traditionalist Worker Party, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The police report listed “white nationalists” under the entry for occupation for all four people involved in the incident.
However, David M. Parrott told the law center he was quitting the group, according to its website.
Jessica Parrott posted the $1,005 bond to get Matthew Heimbach released from jail, and David Parrott sought a protective order against Heimbach, according to the court clerk’s office.
Heimbach has been in the news a number of times in Kentucky the last couple of years.
In addition to helping lead the rally in Pikeville last April, he said he and other white nationalists would rally in Lexington to protest Mayor Jim Gray’s plan to move statues of two Confederate figures from the lawn of the old Fayette County Courthouse.
Gray announced the plan in August, the same day there was a violent clash in Charlottesville, Va., between white nationalists and opponents.
Heimbach’s statement about rallying in Lexington caused some concern because of the events in Virginia.
However, the white nationalists ultimately did not protest in Lexington and the statues were moved without incident to Lexington Cemetery.
Heimbach also was charged with pushing a black woman at a rally for Donald Trump in Louisville during the 2016 campaign for president.
He entered an Alford plea to an amended charged of disorderly conduct, meaning he did not admit guilt but acknowledged there was enough evidence for a conviction.