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.


Bandidos Inc.: Tough-as-nails riders are now a nonprofit group

In the wake of a federal racketeering indictment in San Antonio that targeted three top leaders, the Bandidos Motorcycle Club has opted to put on paper what they have argued all along, that they are not a gang but a legitimate brotherhood of motorcycle riders.

In March, the Bandidos’ national board and interim president, William E. Sartelle, formed a nonprofit corporation called USARG Inc. to represent the Bandidos and to handle the group’s charitable contributions. Sartelle, Timothy W. Harper and Marcos M. Flores, all of the Houston area, are listed as directors.

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Bandidos bikie, co-accused jailed for drug offences

A BANDIDOS bikie gang member in WA has been jailed for more than five years for drug offences.

Ricky Steven Chapman, 26, was jailed on Friday for five years and six months over methamphetamine related charges.

Chapman was charged with four counts of supplying a prohibited drug and one count of possessing a prohibited drug.

Chapman was arrested in October by Gang Crime Squad detectives after he was involved in four separate drug deals with an undercover police operative.

At the time of his arrest WA Police said Chapman was the vice president of the Bandidos in WA.

Chapman’s co-accused Bradley Ryan Guiver, 31, was arrested as part of the same police operation.

He was charged with multiple drug and stolen property offences and was also jailed today for five years.

The court was told Guiver supplied drugs to Chapman on several occasions.


Ex-Bandidos president charged over alleged Brisbane brawl

Detectives have charged the former president of the Centro Chapter of the Bandidos bikie gang with affray, following a fight in Brisbane's CBD in June.

Taskforce Maxima detectives executed a warrant a Portside address in Hamilton on Thursday and have since charged him with affray.

Police allege the man and members of the Bandidos were involved in a brawl on Eagle Street on June 5, where a man was assaulted.


He will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 1.

At the time, a 29-year-old man, also a Bandidos member, was arrested and charged with affray.

He will appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 18.

Detective Superintendent Michael Niland from Taskforce Maxima said the charges were in alignment with a police goal to “disrupt [Bandidos] criminal activities from every angle”.


Members of local Bandidos motorcycle gang arrested after far east El Paso brawl

EL PASO, Texas — Three members of the local Bandidos motorcycle gang were arrested last week after a fight broke out at a far east El Paso shopping center, authorities said.

Police said a 29-year-old man was taken to the hospital after the brawl.

Authorities said the victims were members of a motorcycle club and were at one of the businesses at a shopping center at 2281 N. Zaragoza Road when they were confronted by three people.

Those individuals were identified as Juan Martinez, 60; Thomas Decarlo, 32; and James Heredia, 45.

Martinez is the president of the local Bandidos motorcycle gang, Heredia was identified as the group's sergeant at arms and Decarlos is the secretary, police said.

Police said the group, along with several others, confronted the victim and another person around 9 p.m. Aug. 3.

The group attacked the victims with clubs and bats, and one of them took the victim’s cellphone, police said.


More counts added to indictment involving Bandidos Motorycycle Club

Federal prosecutors have added charges against two members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club that include counts related to the killing of a man 14 years ago.


Bandidos bikies' sentences increased after Gold Coast brawl

Five Gold Coast bikies involved in the notorious 2013 Broadbeach brawl have been given longer sentences after a successful police appeal - although they won't spend any time behind bars.

The Bandidos members - including president Adam White, vice-president Ahmed Kaddour and accused instigator Jaques Teamo - were convicted last year for taking part in the violent gang fight that erupted outside a packed Broadbeach restaurant.

Five Bandidos bikies have had jail sentences increased.

Five Bandidos bikies have had jail sentences increased. 

The brawl between Bandidos and Finks members led to a statewide crackdown on bikies and the nation's toughest anti-gang legislation - the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws.


Police raid Bandidos’ Brunswick clubhouse over shooting report

POLICE have raided a Bandidos clubhouse after reports of a shooting at the premises.

Officers searched the Bandidos clubhouse in Brunswick after a member of the public reported several shots being fired at the Weston Street property.

It is believed detectives seized several items, including a computer hard drive which is thought to store the clubhouse’s CCTV footage.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Creina O’Grady confirmed: “Police have executed a warrant at a Bandidos OMCG clubhouse in Brunswick following a report of a firearms incident overnight.

“Investigators have been told a number of shots were possibly fired into the Weston Street property. “

She added: “It’s believed no one was injured and the investigation is ongoing.”


Mississippi high court allows MDOT lawsuit in Bandidos leader's death

The Mississippi Supreme Court has refused to throw out a negligent lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Transportation over the death of a Gulfport Bandidos Chapter officer when he lost control of his motorcycle  in a construction zone on I-10 in December 2010.


Christopher Adams died from injuries he sustained when his motorcycle wrecked on Interstate 10 in Jackson County. After traveling north on I-110 in Harrison County, Adams merged onto an eastbound lane of I-10, where he entered a construction zone. According to the complaint, Adams inadvertently drove into a closed lane and then, when he tried to navigate back into an open lane, his motorcycle hit an uneven surface between lanes and “rotated.” Adams was thrown from his motorcycle and into traffic, where two other vehicles hit him, causing injuries from which he later died.