Wed
24
May

Outlaws challenging ‘motorcycle clubs throughout Florida,' cops say

(video)--LEESBURG — Motorcyclist David “Gutter” Donovan, in town for the Leesburg Bikefest, went to a Circle K gas station to buy cigarettes, but when he walked out he had a knife to his throat, arrest reports released Wednesday show.

Outlaws Motorocycle Club members forced him to kneel down and shot Donovan several times in the back April 29 after he refused to take off his Kingsmen Motorcycle Club jacket, the report said. Donovan, 41, died two weeks later.

“The ‘Outlaws’ had been challenging several motorcycle clubs throughout Florida to either join their ranks or submit to their authority,” according to a report that sheds light on the shooting.

Wed
17
May

Outlaws members arrested for fatal shooting during Bikefest

LEESBURG — Police on Wednesday arrested two men they believe were involved in a deadly shootout between rival motorcycle clubs during Leesburg Bikefest last month.

Marc Edward Knotts, 48, was arrested at 2140 N. Magnolia Ave. in Ocala, which is the address listed for the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. Jesus Alberto Marrero, 35, was arrested at a separate location.

 

Police also have warrants for Miquel Angel Torres, 37, and Gregory Alan Umphress, 32, for conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping in the April 29 shooting death of David Russell James Donovan, 40, of Homosassa.

Torres is also wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in an unrelated incident.

All of the men reportedly belong to the Outlaws. Police say they took Donovan to the side of a Circle K convenience store, threw him to the ground and beat him, then shot him.

Mon
15
May

Man in Leesburg motorcycle shooting dies from injuries, cops say

A man involved in a shooting between two motorcycle clubs at a gas station during Leesburg Bikefest last month died over the weekend, police said Monday.

David Donovan, 41, whose Facebook pictures show him wearing Kingsmen Motorcycle Club gear, died from three gunshot wounds he incurred during a shooting about 8 p.m. April 29 at a Circle K gas station at 3300 W. Main St., Leesburg police Lt. Joe Iozzi said. He said he learned of Donovan’s death Sunday morning at a Sanford hospital.

Police said the shooting started from an argument between members of the two motorcycle clubs. The Circle K is about three miles from downtown Leesburg, where the annual biker extravaganza was being held.

Tue
02
May

Motorcyle clubs tied to Leesburg shooting have violent history, police say

Court records show the two motorcycle clubs police say were involved in a shooting in Leesburg over the weekend have been tied to serious crimes in Florida and around the nation, including murder, drug trafficking and fraud.

Two men — one who police say has ties to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and the other to the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club — were injured in the gunfire Saturday.

The clubs’ websites and Facebook pages brag about their members in prison with nicknames such as “Big Jim,” “Cowboy” and “Crazy Joe.”

They call themselves “one percenters,” meaning they think 99 percent of motorcycle clubs are law-abiding but do not consider themselves subject to the law.

According to the FBI, the Outlaws have 1,700 members and about 180 chapters worldwide, including in Orlando and Osceola County.

Sun
30
Apr

Outlaws, Kingsmen motorcycle clubs involved in Leesburg shootout that left 2 injured, records show

A dispute between members of the Outlaws and Kingsmen motorcycle clubs led to a shootout Saturday that left two men injured in Leesburg, according to records.

The shooting happened as members from both clubs started arguing about 8 p.m. at a Circle K gas station at 3300 W. Main Street. Guns were drawn and two men were shot, both three times each, police said.

About three miles east of the shooting, Leesburg was hosting its largest event — Leesburg Bikefest — in its downtown area. The event was expected to bring more than 200,000 bikers to the Lake County city.

The injured men have been identified as David Donovan, 41, and Marc Knotts, 48. Police say one of the men was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting.

Sun
30
Apr

Double shooting after fight between rival motorcycle groups, Leesburg police say

LEESBURG, Fla. - Two men, from rival motorcycle clubs, were shot three times each at a Leesburg gas station Saturday evening, police said.

The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. at the Circle K on Main Street, police said.

David R. Donovan, 41, and Marc E. Knotts, 48, have non-life-threatening injuries, police said Sunday. 

Police said one of the men was wearing a ballistic vest at the time of the shooting, but police did not identify which victim.

Watch: Leesburg annual Bikefest gets underway

Police said the shooting was related to a dispute between two motorcycle clubs, but the names of the clubs have not been released. Police said one club is local and the other is from out of town.

Tue
04
Apr

Police work to find Crooks Den killer of Outlaws member ‘Louie the Lip’

DAYTONA BEACH —(video)-- “Louie the Lip” lay clinging to life on the concrete in the alley near the rear door of a bar with knife wounds to his body Monday night.

His vital signs stopped after he got to the hospital and now police are trying to piece together how he died and what led to the violent encounter among rival biker gang members at the Crooks Den, 126 Orange Ave.

 

Louie the Lip’s actual name is Christopher Keating, a 59-year-old member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, a notorious biker gang that has a local presence, police said.

No arrests have been made, but video cameras inside the establishment captured footage of a fight that broke out around 8:30 p.m. near the service bar, which carried over toward the end of the rear hallway near the exit and spilled outside, said Daytona Beach Deputy Chief of Police Jakari Young, who held a media conference Tuesday morning.

Tue
04
Apr

Police: Man fatally stabbed at Daytona Beach bar

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (video)- - A man was fatally stabbed late Monday at a bar, the Daytona Beach Police Department said.

Christopher Keating was stabbed in the back multiple times during a fight at Crooks Den on Orange Avenue near South Beach Street, police spokeswoman Lyda Longa said.

"Upon arrival, it was learned that there had been a fight between suspected rival gang members," Longa said.

Although the fight was recorded by a surveillance camera, it’s hard to make out what happened, investigators said. The fight spilled out of the bar and onto a patio, police said.

Detectives said it’s unclear what sparked the argument, but they said they believe that Keating belonged to the Outlaws motorcycle gang and his attackers belonged to the Pagan motorcycle gang.

An unknown number of people escaped through the back of the bar, police said. They remain at large.

Mon
13
Mar

Longwood biker acquitted of murder wants his guns back

A jury acquitted motorcycle club member David Maloney on charges that he murdered two people during a shootout at the VFW parking lot in Winter Springs in 2012.

Now he wants his guns back.

There are five: three handguns and two 12-gauge shotguns.

Circuit Judge Marlene Alva has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to decide whether he’ll get them.

“He’s entitled to have them back, the same as any other citizen,” said defense attorney Michael LaFay, “particularly given what I would say was a steady drumbeat of threats that he’s been receiving.”

In September, Maloney asked the judge to return the guns, and she initially said yes, but the Clerk of Court’s office, which has possession of them, would not surrender them.

Mon
13
Mar

Motorcycle deaths during Bike Week fall to historic low

Motorcyclists have slammed into utility poles driving at 45 mph. They've drifted into oncoming traffic on busy State Road 40. They sometimes just lose control and are thrown from their bikes.

Close to 500 people have died in motorcycle accidents between 2005 and 2015 in Volusia and Flagler counties, and more than one-third of those accidents occurred during the area's two major biking events, a News-Journal analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows.

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