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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

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Body cam video shows Texas arrest of Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, charged with killing 7 motorcyclists in N.H. crash

(video) --- The Baytown, Texas police department has released body cam footage of the Feb. 11 arrest of Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, the West Springfield man charged with killing 7 motorcyclists in a New Hampshire crash last week.

Police were called to the Denny’s restaurant for a report of a disorderly customer and found Zhukovskyy.

“I’m sorry guys. I’m just, like, tired. I need to go to sleep,” he says to the officers in the footage.

He then tells the officers he is a truck driver. The officers question him about whether he was on any drugs, with one saying that Zhukovskyy’s pupils are dilated and asking if he had smoked meth.

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35 arrested, 118 citations issued during three-day motorcycle gang operation

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - El Paso police arrested 35 people and issued 118 citations during the department's three-day outlaw motorcycle gang operation.

According to a news release, the department's Gang Unit, Texas Anti-Gang Center, and SWAT units participated in the operation from May 2 through May 5.

Police say the enforcement measures were conducted due to the large number of outlaw motorcycle gang members visiting El Paso during that time frame.

Officials did not specify the specific offenses behind the arrests and citations.

The identities of the suspects arrested have not yet been released.

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Bandidos member from San Antonio admits threatening informant at HEB

A member of the Bandidos pleaded guilty Thursday to retaliating against an informant after he threatened to kill a witness who helped the feds convict the motorcycle club’s top two leaders.

Albert DeLeon, 45, made the threat on Feb. 22 against the witness, whose name hasn’t been released, at a local HEB store.

“He was a personal friend of the witness and felt horribly betrayed, and let off some steam when he confronted him at the grocery store,” DeLeon’s lawyer, Jesse Rivera, said in an interview.

Several informants — most of them former members of the club from San Antonio who got reduced sentences for their crimes — testified last year at the three-month trial of then-national president Jeffrey Fay Pike of Conroe and ex-national vice president John Xavier Portillo of San Antonio.

Related: Bandidos boss put away for life