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19
Sep
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Motorcycle Clubs are breaking the "outlaw" stereotype

Motorcycle clubs meet at the VFW every Thursdays

SAN ANGELO, TX - Motorcycle Clubs are breaking the "outlaw" stereotype that has been pinned to them.

The Club Manager at VFW, Janet Sheppard, says, "I've been asked many times why I let the motorcycle clubs hang out at the VFW. Most of the times the people in these motorcycle clubs are either active duty or veterans, and the VFW is there home."

As non-members of the American Motorcyclist Association, and incidents, such as the shootout involving MC affiliates in Waco, Texas, are some of the things that created the outlaw stereotype of motorcycle clubs.

Wed
19
Sep
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Due to possible rally by Mongols motorcycle gang, police to beef up Stockyards presence

FORT WORTH

Police say they’ll beef up their presence in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards this weekend after an ATF warning that the Mongols motorcycle gang is likely planning a rally there that could draws hundreds of members of the notoriously violent gang.

The Mongols have been called the “most violent and dangerous” outlaw motorcycle gang in the nation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, according to the Department of Justice website.

An ATF intelligence note has been circulating in Fort Worth, warning that authorities are highly confident that the Mongols are planning a “run” in the Stockyards this weekend. The notice, copies of which were sent to the Star-Telegram, states that the gang members are expected to start arriving late Thursday and that there could be anywhere from 300 to 700 bikers.

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30
Aug
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Trio of Abilene Bandido bikers accused of violently robbing rival club member

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A trio of Bandido bikers was arrested for allegedly violently robbing a rival club member who drove through their 'turf' while wearing the rival club's vest. 

Daniel Machado, Justin Aldava, and Jesse Trevino were all arrested Wednesday and charged with Aggravated Robbery in connection to the incident that took place in July of 2018. They have all been released from jail after posting a $150,000 bond each.

Court documents state the victim was riding near the Bandido Motorcycle clubhouse on the 1300 block of Butternut Street when he noticed three bikers - later identified as Machado, Alvada, and Trevino - leave the clubhouse and start to follow him. 

He sped up, but the documents say the trio kept going, kicking him in the back when they reached him and eventually cutting him off and stopping his path, forcing him to turn into a small parking lot

Wed
08
Aug
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5 arrested in connection to July assault at 5 Points Bistro

EL PASO, Texas - Police arrested and charged five suspects in connection to a July 15, 2018 assault at 5 Points Bistro.

Five alleged members of the Heathens Horde Motorcycle Club allegedly got into a fight with members of the Valley Boys Motorcycle Club at the restaurant, located at 3019 Montana. 

Police said 45-year-old Charles Edward Anderson Jr., 43-year-ol Jennifer Anderson, 37-year-old Willie Morales, 44-year-old Keith Eleazar Loera and 29-year-old Sharl Lynn Pease assaulted five men and three women. 

Anderson is charged with five counts of Aggravated Assault wtih a Deadly Weapon, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Injury to a Disabled Person. 

Jennifer Anderson is facing two counts of Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury andAggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Morales is facing two counts of Assault, a single count of Aggravated Assault, Injury to Disabled Person and Unlawful Possession of Metal or Body Amour by a Felon.

Sat
04
Aug
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Twin Peaks defendant asks for postponement of Aug. 27 trial

An attorney for the next Twin Peaks shootout defendant scheduled for trial asked a judge Friday to postpone his trial date, set now for Aug. 27.

Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court, who was perturbed by the 11th-hour request, took the matter under advisement and set another hearing for biker Tom Modesto Mendez for Aug. 13.

Mendez, the Bandidos San Antonio chapter president, is represented by Mark Metzger, of Galveston. Mendez is charged with riot, a first-degree felony, in the May 2015 biker brawl at Twin Peaks that left nine dead and 20 injured.

Metzger and prosecutors Staci Scaman, Hilary LaBorde and Gabrielle Massey conferred with Strother in his chambers before Strother emerged to announce the defense requested a continuance in the 3-year-old case.

Sat
28
Jul
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State, Carrizal seek delay in Twin Peaks shootout retrial

Prosecutors and an attorney for Jacob Carrizal have agreed to postpone the retrial of the Twin Peaks biker shootout defendant, which had been set for Sept. 10.

In a joint motion for a continuance, Robert Moody, McLennan County first assistant district attorney, and Chris Lewis, Carrizal’s attorney, cite the volume of evidence Lewis needs more time to review, plus evidence federal prosecutors have agreed to share from the trial of two former Bandidos national leaders that both sides want to see.

Lewis signed on to represent Carrizal, the Dallas Bandidos chapter president, shortly after Carrizal’s first trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in November. Carrizal is the first and only Twin Peaks defendant to stand trial so far in the May 2015 shootout that left nine dead and 20 wounded. He initially was represented by Casie Gotro, of Houston, who withdrew from the case after the mistrial.

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24
Jul
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Judge: No acquittal, new trial for ex-Bandidos' leaders

John Portillo, Jeffrey Pike challenged convictions

SAN ANTONIO - A federal judge on Monday rejected attorneys' claims for acquittal and new trial for two former leaders of the Bandidos.

Jeffrey Fay Pike and John Xavier Portillo were convicted in May on charges of racketeering, drug dealing, extortion and multiple murders. The trial lasted more than three months and included testimony from Bandidos members, as well as FBI agent Scott Schuster, who testified as an expert on the gang.

Attorneys for the men questioned Schuster's testimony primarily on the basis that his testimony was "hearsay" and that "he was shown merely to be an investigator and a recounter of stories he had come across during his investigation of the club."

Sun
22
Jul
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Police: Two people shot, stabbed during Bandidos-involved fight at Southtown bar

SAN ANTONIO — Two people are in the hospital after a fight involving alleged Bandidos members broke out at a Southtown bar early Sunday morning.

It happened in the 100 block of Pereida Street at about 2:20 a.m. Police said some members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club were hanging out at Southtown 101 when a few of them became angry with a woman. At some point, guns were pulled on her. Two other Bandidos members tried to protect the woman and a fight broke out. Guns and knives were pulled out during the fight, injuring two people. The victims were transported to the hospital in serious condition.

One person was taken into custody, but three others remain at large. Descriptions of the suspects were not immediately made available.

Tue
03
Jul
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Twin Peaks shootout forfeitures following path of criminal cases

The anxiety was etched across Marty Lewis’ face as he emerged from the Waco Police Department.

It was clear Lewis was uncomfortable being back in Waco. As he sat for a brief interview, one of the first things he said was that he wanted to get back on the road and out of town. Waco left him with bitterness, he said.

It had to be something important to bring Lewis back to the city where the retired San Antonio police detective was arrested after a shootout between biker groups at a Twin Peaks restaurant in May 2015. The decorated former officer was locked up with 176 other bikers that day on first-degree felony charges. He was jailed for 22 days under $1 million bond before his attorney could negotiate a lower bond.

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Jun
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Attorneys for convicted ex-Bandidos leaders request acquittals, new trials

Prosecutor: Evidence against Pike, Portillo 'overwhelming'

SAN ANTONIO - Attorneys for two former leaders of the Bandidos filed separate requests for acquittals and new trials, with both raising questions surrounding the testimony from an FBI agent they said was based on hearsay.

Jeffrey Fay Pike and John Xavier Portillo were convicted in May on charges of racketeering, drug dealing, extortion and multiple murders. The trial lasted more than three months and included testimony from Bandidos members, as well as FBI Agent Scott Schuster, who testified as an expert on the gang.

Attorneys for both Pike and Portillo questioned Schuster's testimony primarily on the basis that his testimony was "hearsay" and that "he was shown merely to be an investigator and a recounter of stories he had come across during his investigation of the Club."

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