No bond for two suspects in GJ slaying

A Mesa County judge ordered two murder suspects held without bond Friday following their arrest in connection with a Wednesday night shooting that might have ties to an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Richard Alexander Byrd, 48, and Rufus Billups, 41, each face first-degree murder and felony menacing charges in the shooting that left 38-year-old Dion Nixon mortally wounded.

Both men, who were arrested Thursday morning, appeared Friday afternoon before Judge Craig Henderson for advisement and bond setting.

While police records detailing what prompted the attack have been sealed, Mesa County Prosecutor Dave Waite said Friday in court that Byrd and Billups are believed to have killed Nixon after firing “several guns, several times” into a residence in the 400 block of 28¼ Road in the James Park Trailer Court.


Three leaders in the Bandidos motorcycle club headed to prison

Three leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle gang face prison time after pleading guilty to selling methamphetamine and loaded firearms to other states, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday.

Philip Duran, 42, aka “Bandido Fee”; Michael Mensen, 46, aka “Bandido Tick”; and Lorenzo Sojo, 41, pleaded guilty to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act — Pattern of Racketeering and felony drug charges, the attorney general’s office said in a news release.

Sojo, president of the Bandidos Denver Westside Chapter, was sented to 20 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Mensen, a Bandidos national sergeant at arms, was sentenced to 24 years in prison, according to the news release.

Duran, who also served as a national sergeant at arms, cut his ankle bracelet and fled just before his sentencing hearing. He is considered armed and dangerous, the attorney general said.


Widow of biker slain in brawl sues for wrongful death

The widow of a man killed by a corrections officer during a motorcycle brawl in January has sued her husband’s shooter.

Laura Ramirez Mendoza, wife of a motorcycle club member killed in a melee that wounded seven other people at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo, is suing shooter Derrick Duran as well as Duran’s motorcycle club and the organizers of the expo.

Mendoza is represented by Kidneigh & Kaufman in the Denver district court case alleging wrongful death.

The complaint filed Oct. 6 claims shooting suspect Derrick Duran, a member of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club and an employee of the Colorado Department of Corrections, committed a felony killing.


Sedalia residents concerned over Hells Angels moving in

(VIDEO)--Sedalia, Colorado.  Described affectionately by residents as the land that time forgot.  Mom and pop shops, horse and buggy-sized lots with folks who love to live here.

But there is a newly built structure in town that has the neighbors worried.

Not so much because of aesthetics but because of who they believe owns it. "We had heard that it is the Hells Angels and it's going to be their clubhouse," said one resident who wished to remain anonymous.

The motorcycle enthusiasts known as the Hells Angels are not a business or any one individual. They don't purchase property.  But an LLC can, like Rocky Mountain Red and White LLC in Longmont.

It is the organization that bought the property in question. According to business owners who do not want to be known, the connection between Hells Angels and Rocky Mountain Red and White LLC is on Facebook.


No Problems Emerge with Hells Angels Rally

Cripple Creek officials, business operators and civic leaders reported that despite previous images regarding one of the most notorious biker clubs in the nation, members of the Hells Angels received A-plus reviews for their behavior during their annual national run last week in the gaming community.

The rally occurred between July 25 and July 29 and served as a mini-vacation retreat and meeting time for members of the Hells Angels, prior to a huge biker gathering in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Some local business folks, in fact, would love for the club to return.

Members of the club were reportedly quite friendly towards locals and weren’t afraid to spend money in the community and mingle with patrons and area residents.


Cripple Creek and Teller County Braces for Hells Angels Rally

Cripple Creek is biker country, with southern Teller bustling with armies of Harleys on any weekend in the summer due to the ideal climate and scenery, coupled with the added perks of 24/7 gambling and cocktails.

After all, this is the home for the Salute to American Veterans Rally and motorcycle ride that attracts tens of thousands of riders every August. Other biker groups often congregate in the Creek and Victor area and aren’t afraid to display their tattoos and club patches.


AFOSI briefs on Outlaw motorcycle gangs


The 8th Field Investigations Squadron of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) conducted a briefing on outlaw motorcycle gangs June 9, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The briefing consisted of a background on all the major motorcycle gangs, what they deal in, and how to identify them. There are a total of 33,000 gangs in the United States today. Roughly 300 of those gangs consider themselves outlaw motorcycle gangs, approximately 2.5 percent.

“Most people would think that’s not a big deal, but it is because of the level of violence, they contribute to that number,” said Special Agent Alexa Garza, 8 FIS AFOSI.


Motorcycle Expo Canceled For 2017 After Deadly Brawl

(video)--DENVER (CBS4)– Next year’s Colorado Motorcycle Expo has been canceled after a deadly shooting in January.

Derrick Duran, a Colorado corrections officer who is a member of the motorcycle club The Iron Order, allegedly fired his gun during the fight with The Mongols motorcycle club inside the National Western Stock Show Complex. The groups blame each other for instigating the violence.

Derrick Duran (2nd from left) following the biker fight (credit: Council of Clubs)

Derrick Duran (2nd from left) following the biker fight (credit: Council of Clubs)



New Details in Fatal Iron Order-Mongols Motorcycle Expo Brawl: "F*ck Him Up"

Last month, as we reported, the Denver District Attorney's Office announced that it would not be filing any charges in the January brawl during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo at the National Western complex even though one person was killed and a number of others were injured.

Now, as if to prove that the DA's office didn't make this decision lightly, authorities have released a 195-page report (see it below) outlining the investigation in extraordinarily minute detail.

Despite all of this documentation, the inquiry was clearly hobbled by a lack of cooperation from the Mongols, one of the two motorcycle clubs involved in the chaos — and the MC with which the dead man, Victor Mendoza, was affiliated.


Denver Police: Stairwell dispute starts motorcycle expo fight

DENVER - An argument over a claim to a stairwell led to a deadly shooting between two motorcycle club in Denver on January 30 where the motorcycle expo was being held at the National Western Complex.

9NEWS received a 195-page Denver Police report on the shooting where one man was shot and killed, four had been shot, one stabbed and two were assaulted. 

The shooting involved two motorcycle clubs, the Iron Order and the Mongols.

According to the report, the shooting happened over the Mongols laying claim to a stairwell just south of their booth.

According to the report, Iron Order members were standing on the stairwell and the landing.

Victor Mendoza, 46, died in that shooting. He was a member of the Mongols club.