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Recent high-profile incidents shine a light on local outlaw motorcycle gangs

They cut an imposing figure. 

Heads turn and people tend to keep their distance when members of Bakersfield's local outlaw motorcycle gangs enter an establishment. Instantly recognizable due to their leather vests with patches proclaiming their affiliation, these groups historically have a reputation for violence. 

Some recent incidents involving the groups have only furthered that reputation. One was a deadly stabbing at a popular dive bar involving two motorcycle gang members, the other an exchange of gunshots in broad daylight during a fundraiser on Buck Owens Boulevard. 

Those who spot members of a biker gang are best advised to leave them alone. Anyone who starts trouble could quickly find himself surrounded and in extreme physical danger.

"They engage in acts of violence or drug sales as needed," said Senior Police Officer Louis James, of the Bakersfield Police Department's gang unit.

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Funeral for notorious motorcycle gang leader scheduled for Fairgrounds

'Taco' Bowman was president of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club,

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Harry Joseph "Taco" Bowman, the former president of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club who was on the FBI's top ten most wanted fugitive's list, will have his funeral on Saturday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Bowman's funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. A procession from the fairgrounds to Bear Creek Cemetery on North Union Road in Madison Twp. will begin at 12 p.m.

Bowman, who was serviving a life sentence in federal prison, died on Sunday at the Federal Medical Center in North Carolina on Sunday. He was 69 years old.

According to the Detroit News, Bowman was considered one of the most infamous motorcycle gang leaders in U.S. history. The Outlaws were rivals to the Hell's Angels. 

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Daytona Bike Week Day 6

Daytona Bike Week Day 6

March 13, 2019 at 6:19 pm

78th annual event passes halfway point and the bikes keep rolling thorughout Volusia and Flagler counties

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Hells Angels ride off from E. 3rd clubhouse

The Hells Angels have been vacating their notorious East Village clubhouse and residence in recent days, an exodus spurred by the apparent transfer of their six-story building to a buyer.

The new owner, Nathan Blatter, president of the Whitestone Realty Company in Brooklyn, said he was not available for immediate comment.

So where are the fearsome self-styled bad boys heading on their Harley hogs after 50 years at 77 E. Third St.?

“We don’t know,” said a lean, longhaired member of the famed outlaw motorcycle club. As he moved packing material out through the clubhouse door over the weekend, he shielded his face from this reporter’s camera. Two motorcycles belonging to Angels were parked outside. Across the street was a bright orange pickup truck splashed with yellow lightning bolts and the words “Hell Bound” pierced with a pitchfork symbol on its tailgate.

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Arrest made in stabbing death of 'Mikey Smash'

A 60-year-old member of an outlaw motorcycle club was arrested Friday on murder and gang charges in the stabbing death last month of an apparent Hells Angels affiliate in downtown Bakersfield.

Russell Vannoy was taken into custody around 4 a.m. in Bellflower in the killing of Michael Adam Morales, police said. He's currently the only suspect in the death of Morales, known as Mikey Smash. 

Police said Vannoy is a member of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club, a biker gang that, like the Hells Angels, was founded decades ago in California. 

Morales was stabbed the evening of Feb. 16 at Guthrie's Alley Cat, a popular dive bar located in the 1800 block of Eye Street. 

On his Facebook page, Morales' posts include a "Support 81 Bakersfield" emblem as his cover photo. That's supposedly symbolic of the eighth letter and first letter of the alphabet, signifying HA, or Hells Angels.

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Trio indicted in Lorain murder case

A Lorain County Common Pleas Court grand jury indicted three bikers March 7 on murder charges connected to a Lorain shooting which left one man dead and another injured.

Jarrod Johnson, 40, and Hunter Horne, 23, both of Cleveland, and 52-year-old Theodore McKenzie, of Norwalk, each are facing single counts of murder and attempted murder, and two counts each of aggravated robbery and felonious assault stemming from the Jan. 13 shooting near a bar in the 1600 block of East 28th Street.

Lorain police Lt. Ed Super said the men, who are members of the Lords of Armageddon motorcycle club out of Cleveland, attempted to rob a 35-year-old Lorain man when the gun play started.

When the incident ended, the Lorain man, McKenzie and Roy A. Super, 57, of Cleveland, were wounded, Ed Super said.

All three were transported by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

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Bandidos Motorcycle Club member arrested for allegedly threatening to harm informant

SAN ANTONIO — A Bandidos Motorcycle Club member was arrested for his alleged role in threatening to harm a government informant.

The United States Attorney's Office Western District of Texas said federal authorities arrested San Antonio resident Albert DeLeon, 45, with one count of retaliating against an informant. DeLeon is a member of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization, and allegedly threatened to harm an individual for the individual providing information relating to the criminal activities of the club.

In 2006, two members of the Bandidos had ordered other members in the club to murder Anthony Benesh who was attempting to start a Texas Chapter of the Hell's Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Club in Austin at the time. Several Bandidos members murdered Benesh on March 16, 2006 to "protect the power, reputation and territory of the Bandido enterprise."

In September 2018, the two Bandidos members were sentenced to life in federal prison.

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'Taco' Bowman, ex-head of Outlaws biker gang, dies at 69

Detroit — A Metro Detroit native who police say was one of the most infamous motorcycle gang leaders in U.S. history died Sunday while serving a life sentence in a federal prison.

Harry "Taco" Bowman, the former leader of the Outlaws motorcycle gang who reportedly got his nickname because he looked Hispanic, died Sunday in the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Wednesday. He was 69.

Although he was president of one of the nation's most notorious outlaw motorcycle gangs, police said Bowman kept a low profile during much of his criminal career — until his photo was plastered in post offices throughout the United States in 1998, when the FBI put him on its Most Wanted List.

Federal authorities offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, after he was indicted on murder and other charges in 1997.

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Kingsmen President, David Pirk and Andre Jenkins Convicted of Murder and Racketeering

One Kingsmen Motorcycle Club (KMC) leader and member who committed execution style murders were sentenced for their roles in a major racketeering operation that involved violence and murder.

David Pirk, 68, KMC National President, and Andre Jenkins, aka Little Bear, 40, a “nomad” which performed the “muscle” within the KMC, were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to serve life in prison for their convictions following a four-month jury trial of RICO conspiracy, possession of firearms in furtherance of crime of violence, murder in aid of racketeering, possession and discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, using and maintaining premises for drug dealing and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Jenkins was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Pirk and Jenkins resided in Florida prior to going to prison.

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Man Arrested For Shooting Death Of Woman Outside Manchester Bar

MANCHESTER, NH (CBS) – Police have a charged a man with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a woman in Manchester.

Authorities say Justin Moura was arrested Monday in connection with the death of 34-year-old Tanya Hall on Saturday.

The victim’s boyfriend, Jermey Winslow, tells WBZ he did have a brief confrontation with the accused shooter inside a nightclub. Winslow is numb with grief and disbelief.

Winslow recounted those horrifying moments from Saturday night when Hall died in his Jeep, her head on his shoulder.

Tanya Hall (Courtesy photo)

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