An Oklahoma man who proudly flies Nazi flags at his home opened fire on a young woman who tried to steal one of those banners, authorities said.
Alexander John Feaster, 44, was detained at the Garfield County Jail on Tuesday, booked for assault and battery with a deadly weapon and shooting with the intent to kill, according to jail administrators.
Deputies in Hunter, a small town about 90 miles north of Oklahoma City, found the 26-year-old woman in a ditch Sunday after Feaster shot her in the back three to five times with a 5.56 rifle. mm, according to Garfield County Sheriff Jody Helm.
The victim had been with friends at a nearby party when he apparently grabbed one of the swastika flags on display outside Feaster’s home.
Helm said he was not sure if the woman was trying to take the flag as a political statement, or if she was acting out a challenge from partygoers.
“There is conflicting information,” Helm said.
Feaster is well known locally for its affinity for those Nazi flags, and young neighbors have tried to steal the banners before.
“I know the whole town doesn’t like it,” said Helm.
Feaster was being held in lieu of $ 500,000 bail and his next court appearance is scheduled for July 9.
It was unclear Tuesday whether Feaster had hired an attorney, although Helm said the suspect immediately requested an attorney and has not spoken to investigators.
The woman was listed in good condition at the OU Medical Center and was expected to survive her injuries, authorities said.