Jeff Cremeans is a process server — you know, the guy who hands defendants a thick stack of court documents and says, "You've been served." In his 25 years in the business, he's been screamed at, threatened, and had a chair thrown at him. He's even driven a boat to an elusive defendant's lakehouse to serve him. But he's never seen someone work as hard as Andrew Anglin, the world's most notorious neo-Nazi troll, to duck being served.
Cremeans has been searching for Anglin in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, since April 2017. So far he's been spotted by locals, but not Cremeans.
Anglin is being sued for launching a "troll storm" at a Jewish woman in Montana named Tanya Gersh, who was involved in a dispute with white nationalist Richard Spencer's mother. Anglin strongly encouraged his readers at the Daily Stormer to contact Gersh.
Gersh told VICE News what happened next: hundreds of harassing messages, some even targeting her 12-year-old son. Anglin's lawyer, Marc Randazza, argued to VICE News that Anglin was simply exercising his First Amendment right to free speech. But rather than make that argument in court, Anglin's gone into hiding.
So when Cremeans got a tip that Randazza — who's based in Las Vegas — had flown into Columbus, he followed him, hoping Randazza would draw out his client. We talked to him about what happened next.
This segment originally aired on January 31, 2018 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.