Bandidos Inc.: Tough-as-nails riders are now a nonprofit group

In the wake of a federal racketeering indictment in San Antonio that targeted three top leaders, the Bandidos Motorcycle Club has opted to put on paper what they have argued all along, that they are not a gang but a legitimate brotherhood of motorcycle riders.

In March, the Bandidos’ national board and interim president, William E. Sartelle, formed a nonprofit corporation called USARG Inc. to represent the Bandidos and to handle the group’s charitable contributions. Sartelle, Timothy W. Harper and Marcos M. Flores, all of the Houston area, are listed as directors.

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Man with ties to Bandidos indicted in Abilene man's murder

A Jones County grand jury indicted a man with ties to the Bandidos motorcycle club Thursday on a charge of first-degree murder.

Wesley Dale Mason is accused of fatally shooting Dusty Childress, 39, on March 4, said Jack Thompson, Jones County District Attorney's Office investigator.

If convicted, Mason faces from five to 99 years or life in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Mason remains in the Jones County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call that came in at 9:43 a.m. March 4 about a man who had been run over and shot on County Road 341, according to Reporter-News archives.

Childress was transported from the scene to Hendrick Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Mason allegedly left the scene in his pickup following the shooting and wound up in a borrow ditch about a half mile away. Police later picked him up at a residence on Private Road 343.


More Twin Peaks bikers file civil lawsuits

Twenty members of the Bandidos motorcycle group who were arrested after the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout in Waco have joined the ranks of bikers who have filed civil rights lawsuits in an Austin federal court.

All 20 were among 155 indicted in the incident and claim they were unlawfully arrested and held under excessive bonds.

“The mass arrests were unprecedented in both their scope and the complete absence of individual, particularized facts to establish probable cause,” the suit alleges. “This suit seeks to correct the miscarriage of justice and assault on the United States Constitution perpetrated by these defendants.”


Bikers Sue Cops For $1 Billion Over ‘Witch Hunt’

They brought raffle tickets to a gunfight.

Four members of the Grim Guardians motorcycle club showed up to Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, on May 17, 2015, for a meeting about state politics, they say. Instead, rival motorcycle gangs opened fire on each other before police moved in.

They walked into gunfire, and they left in handcuffs.

When the smoke cleared, nine men were dead, 20 people were injured, and 177 bikers were arrested for engaging in organized criminal activity — including the Grim Guardians.

Now Jim Albert Harris, Bonar Crump Jr., Drew King, and Juan Carlos Garcia are suing the city, law enforcement, and the restaurant for violating their civil rights, slandering their reputations, and more.

They’re not the first bikers to sue over the shootout, but they are the first to demand $1 billion and compare the violence to poison gas attacks in Syria.


Waco Police investigating assault involving 7 biker gang members


The Waco Police Department said they are investigating an aggravated assault from over the weekend involving seven members of a known biker gang affiliated with the Banditos.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting at the Chapter 11 Club around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

When they got there, officers were able to determine one of the biker gang members had held a knife up to a victim’s neck during an assault.

Police say the victim was able to pull a gun from his waistband, and fire off several shots.

He was bleeding, but was able to escape and flee the scene.

The seven biker gang members also fled the scene, and it’s unclear if anyone was hit by the gunfire.

Police are continuing to investigate the assault and are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Waco Police.


Bandidos accused of conspiracy, racketeering set to go on trial in 2018

SAN ANTONIO - Several members of the motorcycle club known as the Bandidos appeared before a federal judge on Monday morning to face conspiracy, racketeering and organized crime charges.

The trial against the defendants was initially set for August of 2017, but a federal judge ruled in January that several defense attorneys would be removed from the case due to allegations of unprofessional involvement.

Six members of the Bandidos appeared on Monday. All are charged with various crimes, including racketeering, conspiracy and organized crime.

A judge set the trial date for sometime next February.


Twin Peaks biker charged after high-speed motorcycle chase

GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) A man arrested along with a woman Thursday after a high speed motorcycle chase through three Central Texas counties is one of the dozens of bikers indicted in the deadly Twin Peaks shootout.

Aaron Baker Carpenter, 35, of Gatesville and his passenger, Ashley Annette Danlyn Beeson, 27, of Nolanville, were arrested just west of Goldthwaite when the motorcycle they were riding developed mechanical trouble and came to a stop, Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dave Roberts said.

Carpenter was indicted on Nov. 10, 2015 for engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with the shootout between rival biker gangs and law enforcement officers on May 17, 2015 at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine bikers dead and 20 more injured.

At the time of the shootout, he was president of the Coyrell County chapter of the Cossacks motorcycle gang, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.


Costs mount despite Waco motorcycle gang trials on hold

Costs are mounting for the Texas county where a fatal gunfight involving two motorcycle gangs and police led to the indictments of 155 bikers

WACO, Texas (AP) — Costs are mounting for the Central Texas county where a fatal gunfight involving two motorcycle gangs and police led to the indictments of 155 bikers.

The trials arising from the 2015 shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco are on hold until after a federal case against leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle gang wraps up.

The Waco Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/2p5OpBJ ) reports McLennan County prosecutors are sharing massive amounts of evidence with defense attorneys while awaiting tests on DNA samples from the shootout that killed nine people and wounded 20 others.


Federal cases delay Twin Peaks trial

A judge on Friday effectively postponed the start of any Twin Peaks biker trials in McLennan County until after the federal trial of Bandidos national leaders in San Antonio or until federal prosecutors agree to share evidence with McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna.

Judge Matt Johnson of Waco's 54th State District Court granted a motion to delay the June 5 trial of Kyle Smith, 50, an air-conditioning technician from Kilgore and member of the Cossacks motorcycle group.

Johnson's ruling comes in the wake of Reyna filing a letter he got last month from U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin, of San Antonio, telling him that federal authorities prosecuting the Bandidos have information that relates to Twin Peaks cases but won't share it with Reyna's office until the federal trial is over.

That trial is set for August, but Durbin's letter said it could be postponed until later this year or early next year.


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