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Kyle ‘Based Stickman’ Chapman forfeits bail after not appearing for court hearing

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JULY 11, 2018

Kyle Chapman, an “alt-right” activist who is well-known as “Based Stickman,” did not appear at his court date July 3, according to Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Teresa Drenick.

Chapman was arrested in Oakland on suspicion of assaulting a man during a bar fight in Texas last year, as first reported by East Bay Express. Drenick said in an email that although Chapman paid bail, he failed to appear in court, leading to his bail being forfeited. She added that his location is currently unknown.

According to East Bay Express, in July 2017, Chapman was in Austin, Texas, for the “Texans for America Freedom March.” After the rally, Chapman visited a bar, where he got into an altercation with another patron.

After an investigation of the fight, a Travis County judge issued a warrant for Chapman’s arrest in March 2018.

In an email, Chapman said he couldn’t speak in much detail about the ongoing case, but he did note that he disagrees with the allegations and is “certain” he will be “vindicated.”

Chapman was also arraigned on charges of possession of an illegal weapon in the form of a leaded stick in August 2017, according to a complaint filed by the Alameda County Superior Court. The complaint said Chapman was in possession of a leaded cane during the 2017 “March 4 Trump” protest. Chapman posted his bail of $135,000 and was barred from the possession of any weapons, according to SFGate.

In November 2017, Chapman posted videos of himself to his Facebook account about carrying a kubotan, a small metal knife, on his keychain. The next month, Chapman was arrested in San Francisco for driving off-road on the beach — upon finding the kubotan, Chapman’s bail was increased to $400,000.

The complaint also said Chapman was previously convicted of grand theft of personal property in California and of robbery in Texas.

Executive news editor Sakura Cannestra contributed to this report.

Contact Suryan Bhatia at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @BhatiaSuryan.
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JULY 11, 2018


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