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CAIR-Pittsburgh Welcomes Arrest of Armed Neo-Nazi Suspect

(PITTSBURGH, PA, 1/27/20) – The Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh) today welcomed the arrest of an armed neo-Nazi suspect who was reportedly prohibited from possessing a weapon due to a prior felony conviction.

A criminal complaint has been filed against Pittsburgh resident Dennis Alan Riggs, 50. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  

While executing a search warrant, law enforcement found several firearms inside the home. Agents also discovered videos on the suspect’s phone in which he was wearing Nazi apparel, offering Nazi salutes and loading and unloading an AR-15 style rifle. They also found videos of the Christchurch and New Zealand mosque shootings. The suspect reportedly had his home decorated with Nazi and Hitler posters and pictures.

SEE: Local Man with Neo-Nazi Obsession Arrested For Illegally Owning Firearm

“We are witnessing a rise in neo-Nazi, white supremacist and racist ideology, which poses a threat to society. Pittsburgh has seen first-hand the devastation and loss of life this type of ideology causes,” said CAIR-Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine Mohamed. “We commend the local, state and federal investigators for their dedication and perseverance in apprehending this suspect.â€

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine Mohamed,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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