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Police arrest 9 of 10 wanted motorcycle gang members, one still at large

They are still searching for 51-year-old Manuel Hernandez, who is wanted for engaging in organized criminal activity and robbery.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit spearheaded a multi-agency operation that resulted in several gang members' arrests. 

Police said the operation apprehended the following Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members and associates for engaging in organized criminal activity and robbery: 39-year-old Ernesto Benavides, 39-year-old Francisco Jorge Natal O'Conner, 28-year-old Joshua Lee Rivas, 38-year-old Mark Anthony Caton, 39-year-old Mark Cadena, 17-year-old Nathan Iruegas, 43-year-old Nathan Nichols, 39-year-old Romeo Trevino, and 55-year-old Mark Edward Mandel.

According to police, the charges are based on an assault and robbery involving a rival Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member at a Coastal Bend business.

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Multiple gang members arrested in multi-agency operation

Several Alice men were arrested on Thursday, Oct. 31 as part of an outlaw motorcycle gang operation during a multi-agency operation.

Romeo Trevino, Mark Edward Mandel, Ernesto Benavides, Francisco Jorge Natal O’Conner, Joshua Lee Rivas, Mark Antony Caton, Mark Cadena, Nathan Iruegas and Nathan Nichols were picked by during the operation. Several of these men, who range from the age of 17 to 55, are associated with the gang known as the Mongols, according to sources.

According to Corpus Christi Police Department, the operation apprehended the outlaw motorcycle gang members and associates for engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony, and robbery, a second-degree felony.

The operation and charges were based on an assault and robbery that involved a rival outlaw motorcycle gang member at a local business, according to CCPD.

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As bikers rally, police cast wary eye on 'outlaws'


As thousands of motorcyclists roll into Galveston for the weekend’s massive Lone Star Rally, it appears some bikers are being watched rather closely.

Throughout the day Friday, radio traffic on local police channels squawked with descriptions of colors displayed by groups of people riding toward the island and the size of the groups arriving.

The speakers, who could not be identified on the scanners, regularly described the movements of people they had marked as possible members of what law enforcement considers to be outlaw motorcycle clubs.

“There’s two Bandidos center-lane coming up to the Texas City Wye,” a voice on the scanner said at 12:39 p.m., before noting there was “no PC,” or probable cause, to stop them.

Throughout the afternoon, more sightings came.

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Central Texas biker clubs call for anti-discrimination law

The Sons of Liberty Motorcycle club is calling on local bikers to advocate to the public for their clubs, and help support anti-profiling legislation.

(video) --- MILAM COUNTY, Texas — The Sons of Liberty Motorcycle Club is calling on their riders to help change public perception, and ultimately state law, to prevent club riders from being profiled as criminals. 

Dozens of bikers rallied at the Milam County courthouse Saturday after a local biker was arrested and changed with unlicensed carrying of a weapon. 

Court documents show Patrick Vaden had a hearing in Milam County on that charge in September.

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Brothers East or B*EAST: Who are they?

(video) --- LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -Seven people were arrested this week in connection with ATM thefts in the area. They were said to be members of an outlaw motorcycle gang most people around here had never heard about.

Local law enforcement officers say Brothers East or B*EAST is an outlaw motorcycle gang that started in Channelview, Texas about four years ago.

Calcasieu Sheriff’s gang expert, Captain Robbie Broussard, says Brothers East gang has about 200 members and allegedly engages in mostly property crimes.

“Thefts, motorcycle thefts, firearms and drugs,” says Broussard.

He says they do not have a foothold here and likely never will.

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Bandido member from San Antonio gets 30 months in prison for threatening witness

(pics) --- A member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club was sentenced Thursday to 2½ years in prison followed by three years of federal supervision for retaliating against an informant who helped send the biker club’s top national leaders to prison.

Albert DeLeon, 45, pleaded guilty in May, admitting he threatened to kill a former member of the outlaw biker club, who was one of several government witnesses that helped the feds in their investigation of several high-ranking members, including Bandidos’ then-national president, Jeffrey Fay Pike of Conroe, and ex-national vice president John Xavier Portillo of San Antonio.

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Sheriff: Motorcycle gang out of Texas responsible for theft of ATMs, $150,000

(video an pics) --- LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Two brazen attempts to steal ATMs from Westlake banks are the work of a Texas motorcycle gang, authorities said.

Five people have been arrested and two are wanted, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said at a news conference Tuesday morning.

A total of $150,000 was taken from the ATMs.

Mancuso said the suspects are members of the B*EAST (Brothers East) motorcycle gang.

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Alleged "Bandidos" gang member arrested in connection to 3 shootings

Shell casings were connected to three separate shootings in 2018 and 2019.

SAN ANTONIO — An alleged member of the motorcycle gang, the "Bandidos" has been arrested in connection to three separate shootings in 2018 and 2019. 

The multiple-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of Omar Mata, 32. 

Mata is believed to be the Vice President of a local chapter of the Bandidos.

He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Hells Angels gang members arrested in Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from the Texas Anti-Gang Center:

On Monday August 5, 2019 at approximately 11:30am Investigators with the Lubbock Texas Anti-Gang Center conducted a traffic stop on six Hells Angels motorcycle gang members in the area of Highway 84 and FM 1585. All six of the members were wearing “Hells Angels” vests. The Hells Angels motorcycle gang is primarily centered in California, and are very rarely in the State of Texas.

Through investigation, TAG Investigators located handguns on two of the gang members. The subjects were identified as Michael Hefner (51 years of age) and Vince Ball (57 years of age) both of Modesto, California. The subjects were subsequently arrested for Unlawful Carrying Weapons and booked in to the Lubbock County Detention Center. The other four Hells Angels were released without charges.

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Texas bikers rally for rights in Milam County

Bikers in attendance said they want the public to know they aren't a gang. They are a motorcycle club that's no different than any other club.

video Texas bikers rally for rights in Milam County