Lawsuit will explore Fresno’s bygone era of outlaw bikers

In the old days, Robert Williams used to drink and fight, talk back to cops, race around the Valley on a Harley chopper and cause all sorts of trouble.

It was a badge of honor to be known as a tough guy in the 5 Diamonds outlaw biker gang, he says.

Williams’ renegade image took a blow in 2014. He contends in a Fresno County Superior Court lawsuit that he was falsely accused of exposing himself to a 5-year-old girl at the Riverbend Mobile Home Park in Sanger so a manager could illegally evict him and his wife.

Now he is fighting for his life — literally.

“In his world, being labeled a child molester is a death sentence,” said Fresno attorney Justin Vecchiarelli, who has filed a defamation lawsuit to clear Williams’ name.


Vagos Motorcycle Club targeted in raids; 22 arrested, including in Moreno Valley, Beaumont, Fontana

(32 pics)--Federal agents served arrest and search warrants in the Inland Empire and around Southern California on Friday, June 16, arresting 22 people they described as members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club.

Federal authorities consider the Vagos to be an outlaw motorcycle gang.

The arrests were made in Moreno Valley, Beaumont, Fontana, Pasadena, Granada Hills, Alhambra, Canyon Country, Hollister, San Jose, Oahu, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.

Among those arrested were John Chrispin Juarez, 69, of Moreno Valley; Pastor Fausto Palafox, 53, of Beaumont; Andrew Eloy Lozano, 42, of Fontana; Paul Jeffrey Voll, 52, of Pasadena; James Patrick Gillespie, 68, of Granada Hills; and Bradley Michael Campos, 50, of Alhambra.

In Moreno Valley, about two dozen agents, along with dogs, searched a two-story home with a Spanish-style roof and American flag out front in the 10700 block of Mendoza Road.


Bandidos leader gets 45 years in prison for murder at Fort Worth bar


The leader of the Fort Worth Bandidos was sentenced Tuesday to 45 years in prison for the murder a rival motorcycle gang member.

According to prosecutors, Howard Baker, the 62-year-old president of the Fort Worth chapter of the Bandidos, directed and participated in the Dec. 12, 2014, slaying of Geoffrey Brady at Gator’s Jam Inn, a Riverside-area bar that closed about a month after the shooting, according to testimony. Two other men were wounded.

A witness testified that when the Bandidos stormed the bar, the “shooting started” and 911 calls shared similar details.


One man told the 911 call taker that they needed to send ambulances — quickly.


“Several recent violent encounters between Hells Angels and Mongols” cited in fatal gas station shooting

RIVERSIDE — City of Riverside police officials are continuing to investigate what they are calling a gang-related, double shooting at a gas station that left one motorcyclist dead, Sunday evening, May 21.

The shooting, that resulted in the death of 31-year-old, Orange resident, James Duty, happened at a Shell gas station at 3502 Adams Street, near the 91 Freeway, in Riverside.

In a recent social media update to their ongoing investigation into the deadly shooting, Riverside police officials cited “several recent violent encounters between Hells Angels and Mongols members in Riverside and Orange Counties,” as one of the factors in the fatal incident.


RIVERSIDE: Vehicle description released in motorcycle gang shooting

RIVERSIDE – Police today released a description of a vehicle they believe is connected to a fatal shooting at a Riverside gas station in May, and sought the public’s help in locating the suspect.

The shooting happened at 10:28 p.m. on May 21 at a Shell gas station located at 3502 Adams St., Riverside police said.

There, officers found five members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang near the pumps. One of the members, James Duty, 31, was shot multiple times and later died at Riverside Community Hospital, according to Officer Ryan Railsback.

Another member was shot in the helmet he was wearing but was unscathed.

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from surrounding businesses that showed the suspect vehicle, which they described as a silver four-door sedan with black rims. Police believe the car to be a 2012 to 2014 Nissan Versa or Chevy Cruze.


Leader of Texas biker gang the Bandidos is found guilty of ordering the ambush and murder of rival Ghost Riders member at a dive bar

  • Howard Baker, 62, was found guilty of murder and engaging in organized crime
  • Baker is said to be the president of Bandidos, a Texas biker gang 
  • He was accused of ordering the murder of Ghost Rider member Geoffrey Brady 
  • The Bandidos allegedly ambushed Brady, killing him in front of his wife in 2014 

The alleged leader of a motorcycle gang has been found guilty of murder and engaging in organized crime, among other charges. 

On Friday, a Fort Worth, Texas jury found Howard Baker, 62, the supposed leader of the Bandidos motorcycle club, guilty of murder in the December 2014 death of Geoffrey Brady, 41, a member of rival bike club, Ghost Riders.    

Baker was found guilty of murder, aggravated assault, engaging in organized crime and directing a street gang.


U.S. attorney: Two biker gang members among those arrested on federal drug charges

CONCORD - Two motorcycle gang members are among four men arrested on federal drug trafficking charges, Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley announced Friday.

According to federal criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court on Friday:

Alleged Hells Angel Motorcycle Club member James Cunningham, 60, of Laconia, is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Alleged Milford & Company Motorcycle Club President Harry Bolton, 63, of Weare, is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.

Kenneth Bailey, 52, of Weare is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.

Timothy Raxter, 52, of Tilton is charged with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.


Witness: When Bandidos stormed the bar, ‘the shooting started’


What started as an ordinary and quiet night at the Gator’s Jam Inn changed the minute members of the Bandidos motorcycle club stormed the bar, a witness testified Tuesday.

“Then the shooting started,” said Ellen Dockery, a bartender at Gator’s.

She was looking in the mirror facing the cash register when more than 20 people — identified as Bandidos by the color of their patches — started pouring in from the front and rear doors.

“Scotty (the head bartender) started screaming at me to get down,” Dockery said. “And then he called 911.”

Other 911 callers shared similar desperate pleas.

One man told the 911 call talker that they needed to send ambulances — quickly.

“There’s been 15 shots so far and they’re still shooting,” according to another 911 call.


Trial begins for Fort Worth Bandido gang leader accused in rival’s death


Under heavy security, the trial started Monday for a Fort Worth motorcycle gang leader who authorities say in 2014 ordered the killing of a member of another gang.

Howard Wayne Baker, 62, is suspected of engaging in organized crime and directing the activities of a street gang. Prosecutors say Baker, president of the Fort Worth Bandidos, gave the order to shoot Geoffrey Brady, 41, on Dec. 12, 2014, during an ambush at a bar at 2813 Race St.

Baker, who is also accused of shooting Brady, was booked into jail two days later and released the same day after posting $100,000 bail, according to court records. Brady died from multiple gunshot wounds.


Outlaws indicted in murder of rival biker

LEESBURG — Two jailed Outlaws Motorcycle Club members were indicted Friday in the shooting death of a rival biker during Leesburg Bikefest weekend.

Marc Edward Knotts, 48, and Jesus Alberto Marrero, 35, also were charged in the indictment with principle to capital murder and kidnapping for the slaying of David Russell James Donovan, vice-president of the Kingsmen MC chapter in Leesburg.

Hugh Bass, assistant state attorney in Leesburg who is prosecuting the case, said Monday “through intimidation and fear” Marrero forced Donovan and other Kingsmen out of the store and into the parking lot after the Kingsmen refused to hand over their vests with their club insignias.

“The Kingsmen had tried to diffuse the situation and were hoping they could talk their way out of it once outside,” Bass said.