Sun
13
Aug

Hundreds attend funeral for Bandidos leader; law enforcement officers watches closely

(video)--EL PASO, Texas - Hundreds of motorcyclists bid a final farewell to Bandidos Motorcycle Club President Juan Martinez.

The procession stretched for miles with bikers visiting from several parts of the U.S. with law enforcement making a large presence.

Bikers followed the white hearse carrying the body of Martinez.

The Harleys rumbled as they drove into Evergreen Cemetery.

Hundreds of motorcycle clubs including veterans and faith-based riders, attended the funeral.

And nearby, El Paso Police -- Sheriffs -- and state and federal agents watched closely.

Up above, helicopters operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Public Safety hovered over the procession.

The security is related to the shooting on El Paso's eastside that sent four men including Martinez to the hospital.

Fri
11
Aug

Bandidos president's funeral a major event, biker gang expert says

The funeral this weekend for a slain El Paso Bandidos leader will be a major event for the motorcycle club and law enforcement, an expert on biker gangs said.

Funeral services begin Friday with a vigil for Juan Martinez Jr., 61, who police identified as the president of an El Paso chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

"He was a chapter president. He was killed for being a Bandido. It will be a very large funeral. With that said, law enforcement’s role is to keep it without violence," said Terry Katz, spokesman for the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association. The group provides specialized training on biker gangs to law enforcement and prosecutors.

Martinez died Aug. 3 after he and three other men were shot four days earlier during a biker gang fight at Mulligan's Chopped Hog bar in the far East Side.

El Paso police later arrested Javier Gonzalez, 34, of the rival Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, in connection with the shooting.

Sat
05
Aug

Employee of Bandidos member killed in bar shooting says he was like a father to her

EL PASO, Texas — Family, friends and co-workers are mourning the loss of Juan Martinez, who died after being shot inside a far east El Paso bar.

Susana Perez, office manager at J. Martinez & Associates, said Martinez treated his employees like family.

The business helped people with disability and Social Security claims.

“I worked with him for over 11 years. He was a great person. He was very helpful. He was a family man and he helped so many people,” Perez said.

Perez said Martinez and his wife, Gracie, were inseparable.

Juan Martinez died after being shot at an east El Paso bar. (Courtesy: Motorcycle Coalition of El Paso)

At the office, Perez said co-workers don’t feel like they lost their boss.

Thu
03
Aug

Bandidos member shot at eastside bar has died

EL PASO, Texas — 

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club member shot in an east El Paso bar last weekend has died, according to a member of the motorcycle club.

Juan Martinez, 61, was shot in what police are calling a rival gang shooting.

Ballardo Salcido, 49, Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, were also injured in the shooting.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mulligans Chopped Hog bar at 1810 George Dieter Drive.

Police said one of the groups was told to leave the bar, which then prompted an argument and a fight between the two gangs.

While the fight was going on, the suspected shooter walked into the bar and began shooting at members of the rival gang, police said.

Wed
02
Aug

Bandidos MC national president says El Paso won't become 'war zone,' following shooting

(VIDEO)--EL PASO, Texas — The Bandidos Motorcycle Club is labeled as a tier two gang by the FBI, Department of Justice and Texas Department of Public Safety. They say they're just a club.

Now they say they want to make sure this incident doesn't set them back in the eyes of the community.

"We came here to check on our brothers that were injured,” Clifton ‘Dozer’ Roberts, the Bandidos National President, said.

A shooting involving the Bandidos Motorcycle Club brought the club's president to east El Paso. Four members were shot on Sunday at Mulligan's Bar.

"They went on and on, and there might have been some kind of an altercation," Ashley ‘Smiley’ Brecker of the Bandidos El Paso chapter said.

Brecker said he left right before shots were fired by a gunman from a different group inside the bar.

Sat
29
Jul

Double Bandidos shootings sparks fears for Melbourne bikie war

(video)--There are dangerous signs a Melbourne bikie war is escalating after two Bandidos outlaw motorcycle club members were shot in the chest, during a drive-by attack.

It is believed a rival gang carried out last night's shoot-out and there are fears innocent people could soon be caught up in the feud.

The Bandidos convoy was heading south along the Bolte Bridge around 8.30am, when a station wagon sped up alongside them and a gunman fired multiple shots.

Two Bandidos outlaw motorcycle club members were shot in the chest, during a drive-by attack. Picture: 7 News

Fri
28
Jul

Outlaw bikie shot on Bolte Bridge

AN OUTLAW bikie has been shot in the chest on the Bolte Bridge.

Police media spokeswoman Natalie Savino said emergency services responded to the incident about 8.55pm to find a “rider with non-life threatening injuries consistent to a gunshot wound”

The Herald Sun understands the man — who has been taken to The Alfred hospital — is linked to the Bandidos motorcycle club.

A motorcycle remains at the scene. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Fri
30
Jun

Ex-Bandidos member suing SPVM, city of Montreal for $6.5 million: reports

Tony Duguay, a former member of the Bandidos motorcycle club convicted in 2006 for the murder of Hells Angels member Normand “Biff” Hamel and then acquitted in 2016, is suing the city of Montreal, the SPVM and two detectives for $6.5 million, Le Journal de Montréal reports.

Duguay was acquitted in 2016 by the Quebec Court of Appeal when informant Sylvain Beaudry admitted to lying during his testimony. According to court documents, Duguay said he blames former police detective Benoit Roberge and detective Jean-Pierre Pelletier for making “intentional errors” to force Beaudry to “lie in court” to obtain a guilty verdict.

Wed
28
Jun

Twin Peaks biker named in three-count superseding indictment

The biker scheduled to be tried first for his alleged role in the Twin Peaks shootout was named Wednesday in a three-count superseding indictment.

A McLennan County grand jury charged Christopher Jacob Carrizal, 35, with one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang, a count of engaging in organized criminal activity with an underlying offense of murder and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity with an underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna and his first assistant, Michael Jarrett, have made it clear that they want Carrizal, a Bandido from Dallas, to be the first in a long line of 155 bikers indicted after the May 2015 shootout to stand trial, even while passing over other bikers who were clamoring for quicker trial settings.

Carrizal’s trial is set to start Sept. 11 in Waco’s 19th State District Court.

Tue
06
Jun

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

FORT WORTH

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.

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