Mon
14
Aug

Tensions rise during hearing in Twin Peaks shootout case

If the trial of the first Twin Peaks case lives up to the rancor and ill will exhibited between attorneys on both sides in recent pretrial hearings, the McLennan County courthouse could be in for a real donnybrook.

Tensions between prosecutor Michael Jarrett and defense attorney Casie Gotro continued to mount Monday during a three-hour pretrial hearing in Waco's 19th State District Court.

Judge Ralph Strother seemed more like a referee in a 15-round boxing match, as he repeatedly asked the attorneys to address him and not each other and cautioned Gotro to quit interrupting him. 

Sun
13
Aug

Hundreds attend funeral for Bandidos leader; law enforcement officers watches closely

(video)--EL PASO, Texas - Hundreds of motorcyclists bid a final farewell to Bandidos Motorcycle Club President Juan Martinez.

The procession stretched for miles with bikers visiting from several parts of the U.S. with law enforcement making a large presence.

Bikers followed the white hearse carrying the body of Martinez.

The Harleys rumbled as they drove into Evergreen Cemetery.

Hundreds of motorcycle clubs including veterans and faith-based riders, attended the funeral.

And nearby, El Paso Police -- Sheriffs -- and state and federal agents watched closely.

Up above, helicopters operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Public Safety hovered over the procession.

The security is related to the shooting on El Paso's eastside that sent four men including Martinez to the hospital.

Sat
12
Aug

2nd Kinfolk biker arrested in deadly Bandidos case

(video)--A second man allegedly affiliated with the Kinfolk biker gang has been arrested in connection with a brawl resulting in the death of a Bandidos leader, police said.

Bandidos Motorcycle Club chapter president Juan Martinez Jr. died Aug. 3 after he and three other bikers were shot during a July 30 bar fight at Mulligan's Chopped Hog.

Manuel Gallegos, 58, was arrested Thursday by the U.S. Marshal's Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, according to an El Paso police news release Friday night.

Gallegos, of far East El Paso, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity-assault for his alleged role in the bar fight, police said. His bond was set at $70,000.

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Fri
11
Aug

Bandidos members arrested after guns found during traffic stop

EL PASO, Texas — Five Bandidos Motorcycle Club members were arrested for unlawful carrying of a weapon Thursday night.

Police say Zachary Carrizal, 35, Terry Claunch, 55, Charles Newbold, 35, Scot Stevens, 37, and Kaden Hall, 24, were stopped after they failed to turn on their signal lights on the 4500 block of Montana and then again on Gateway North and Pershing Drive.

All but Hall were traveling in Harley Davidson motorcycles and are from Ruidoso, New Mexico. Hall was in a truck and is from Alto, New Mexico, police said.

During the stop, officers found the men were carrying firearms and placed them under arrest on the following charges:

Fri
11
Aug

Bandidos president's funeral a major event, biker gang expert says

The funeral this weekend for a slain El Paso Bandidos leader will be a major event for the motorcycle club and law enforcement, an expert on biker gangs said.

Funeral services begin Friday with a vigil for Juan Martinez Jr., 61, who police identified as the president of an El Paso chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

"He was a chapter president. He was killed for being a Bandido. It will be a very large funeral. With that said, law enforcement’s role is to keep it without violence," said Terry Katz, spokesman for the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association. The group provides specialized training on biker gangs to law enforcement and prosecutors.

Martinez died Aug. 3 after he and three other men were shot four days earlier during a biker gang fight at Mulligan's Chopped Hog bar in the far East Side.

El Paso police later arrested Javier Gonzalez, 34, of the rival Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, in connection with the shooting.

Sat
05
Aug

Employee of Bandidos member killed in bar shooting says he was like a father to her

EL PASO, Texas — Family, friends and co-workers are mourning the loss of Juan Martinez, who died after being shot inside a far east El Paso bar.

Susana Perez, office manager at J. Martinez & Associates, said Martinez treated his employees like family.

The business helped people with disability and Social Security claims.

“I worked with him for over 11 years. He was a great person. He was very helpful. He was a family man and he helped so many people,” Perez said.

Perez said Martinez and his wife, Gracie, were inseparable.

Juan Martinez died after being shot at an east El Paso bar. (Courtesy: Motorcycle Coalition of El Paso)

At the office, Perez said co-workers don’t feel like they lost their boss.

Thu
03
Aug

Bandidos member shot at eastside bar has died

EL PASO, Texas — 

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club member shot in an east El Paso bar last weekend has died, according to a member of the motorcycle club.

Juan Martinez, 61, was shot in what police are calling a rival gang shooting.

Ballardo Salcido, 49, Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, were also injured in the shooting.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mulligans Chopped Hog bar at 1810 George Dieter Drive.

Police said one of the groups was told to leave the bar, which then prompted an argument and a fight between the two gangs.

While the fight was going on, the suspected shooter walked into the bar and began shooting at members of the rival gang, police said.

Wed
02
Aug

EPPD: Kinfolk gang member arrested in Mulligan's shooting

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - El Paso Police have arrested the 34-year-old man suspected of shooting four people inside the Mulligan's Chopped Hog Bar in the 1800 block of George Dieter around 9:30 p.m. Sunday night.

According to investigators, Javier Gonzalez, 34, was arrested in the 1200 block of Higuera in San Elizario at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Police say Gonzalez is a Kinfolk Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Member and is suspected of shooting into a group of Bandidos Motorcycle gang members inside the bar.

Juan Martinez, 61, and Ballardo Salcido, 49, suffered serious, life-threatening injuries in the shooting. Juan Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, had non-life-threatening injuries.

Martinez, President of the El Paso Bandidos Chapter — is currently on bond as he awaits trial for an incident that happened in August 2016 at the Hot Chicks Bar on Zaragoza involving another motorcycle club that was never officially named in court documents.

Wed
02
Aug

Bandidos MC national president says El Paso won't become 'war zone,' following shooting

(VIDEO)--EL PASO, Texas — The Bandidos Motorcycle Club is labeled as a tier two gang by the FBI, Department of Justice and Texas Department of Public Safety. They say they're just a club.

Now they say they want to make sure this incident doesn't set them back in the eyes of the community.

"We came here to check on our brothers that were injured,” Clifton ‘Dozer’ Roberts, the Bandidos National President, said.

A shooting involving the Bandidos Motorcycle Club brought the club's president to east El Paso. Four members were shot on Sunday at Mulligan's Bar.

"They went on and on, and there might have been some kind of an altercation," Ashley ‘Smiley’ Brecker of the Bandidos El Paso chapter said.

Brecker said he left right before shots were fired by a gunman from a different group inside the bar.

Mon
31
Jul

4 wounded in shooting possibly linked to biker gangs

A shooting —  possibly involving biker gangs — wounded four men Sunday night during a brawl inside a bar in far East El Paso.

Police officials said that a Gang Unit investigation continued Monday, along with the search for the shooter.

Police said that several gunshots were fired during a fight between two gangs inside Mulligan's Chopped Hog bar, 1810 George Dieter Drive near Trawood Drive.

More: 3 wounded in gang-related bar shooting in far East El Paso

The shooting victims were identified by police Monday as Juan Martinez, 61; Ballardo Salcido, 49; Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36; and David Villalobos, 47.

A police spokesman on Sunday night initially reported that three people were shot.

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