WENATCHEE — The Manson man arrested Wednesday after a police standoff is the founder of a network of anti-Semitic websites that promise to build a new societal structure and currency system for “just 5,000 special people.”
David W. Allender, 48, was ordered jailed on $500,000 bond in a Chelan County Superior Court hearing Thursday — although deputy prosecutor Ed Stevensen asked for $10 million, citing what he said was Allender’s armed refusal to surrender after he was charged with firing a rifle at a family in a passing car.
Allender said he had no money to make bail, since his assets were tied up in developing his online network, OneBigJob, and its related sites, which claim to oppose a Satanic one-world government shepherded by Jews.
“They’re responsible for nearly every single unnatural horror you’ve ever witnessed or heard of, pollution, war, hate, greed and everything evil on earth,” reads one of several manifestos contained on the network. “It’s as simple as that, do away with them and we’ve got life, real life!”
Allender, who lists previous addresses in the Tacoma area, bought about 364 acres along Joe Creek Road outside Chelan in 2005. He subdivided the land into 16 lots and built a home for himself on Moonbeam Road, offering nearby lots for sale. A number of them were sold to private buyers in 2011.
When two potential buyers and their 8-year-old son drove out to view one of the lots for sale on April 30, Allender allegedly fired several warning shots toward them, forcing them to reverse and flee. The victims said they’d been invited to visit the land by Allender’s female partner in the business, who shares his address.
Chelan County sheriff’s deputies said Allender didn’t cooperate with telephone attempts to contact him about the incident, using anti-Semitic slurs and refusing to meet with investigators.
On Wednesday, county deputies partnered with other police agencies to serve the warrant charging Allender with three counts of second-degree assault. Authorities used an armored vehicle to push aside a car that blocked his driveway and flushed Allender and his partner from the house with pepper spray. The ordeal took about four hours and involved more than 35 law enforcement officers.
At his hearing Thursday, Allender denied the charges, telling Judge Alicia Nakata he was target shooting when the vehicle strayed onto his land and he warned the driver away.
“We are always ready to defend ourselves, and with good reason,” he said. “I’ve had dozens of trespassers, I’d say 30 or 40 of them in the past five years, and I’ve never fired on any of them. Not once.”
Stevensen said deputies found one rifle placed in each window, one a .22-caliber and one a .334-caliber hunting rifle with scope, with ammo at hand. “It looked like he was setting up for a siege,” Stevensen said. A shotgun and a handgun were also in the house, he said.
Allender said he was roused from sleep by the armored vehicle’s approach and saw officers in tactical gear approaching his home.
“They are out to get us, it looks like. Seven-thirty in the morning, you wake up and this is what you see. … It was pure fear. Our only fear was being killed.”
Allender said he’s invested most of his life savings in the OneBigJob network, which offers $25 to $1,000 memberships in a new societal structure through “Unified Numbering” — a single-password system that would used for every individual transaction. The network seeks to establish its own digital currency, “NumberCoin,” because the large-scale banks “are owned by a criminal cabal of filth who live by an ancient book of Satan worshipping, slavery and blood sacrifices called the ‘Talmud,’” according to his site.
Allender has no prior criminal history. The charges against him carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison if convicted. His next hearing date has not been set.
Allender did not cite his ideology in court, but told Nakata his situation is part of a bigger picture. “We have a railroad system going on here,” he said, before his public defense attorney Sunshine Poliquin told him, “Stop talking.”
“OK,” Allender said. “She says stop talking, but this is just the best part.”
Jefferson Robbins: 664-7123