May 25, 2018
Authorities said the conflict started when the 39-year-old and his 25-year-old girlfriend pulled up at the station to meet the woman’s ex-boyfriend, 25. But both men were armed and the meeting quickly turned into a violent confrontation. The 25-year-old man was shot in the head. The 39-year-old man was shot in his chest. Both died at the scene.
Thursday morning, investigators appeared to give special attention to three vehicles at the scene: a black motorcycle, a gray Ram minivan with Ohio license plates, and a dark-gray Montana minivan with Ohio plates.
Ameka Coleman identified the 25-year-old as her cousin, Martez Fenderson.
Coleman said she witnessed Fenderson's birth 25 years ago. Thursday, the two had planned to get together on Fenderson’s day off, and she was going to make eggrolls for him. Instead she was at the scene where he was fatally gunned down, hugging family members and sharing memories.
Fenderson is a father of two boys, Coleman said. He was a member of the Soul Devils motorcycle club, but Captain John Serda, of the Detroit Police 2nd precinct, said police don’t believe that affiliation played a role in the double shooting.
The two vehicles from Ohio belong to Fenderson and the woman, Serda said. The motorcycle belongs to the 39-year-old victim, who has not yet been identified. Police continue to investigate.
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The Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney Office in Tampa announced the charges against five members of the 69'ers Motorcycle Club. Indicted were Christopher Brian Cosimano, aka "Durty," 30 of Gibstonton; Michael Dominick Mencher, aka “Pumpkin,” 51, of Tarpon Springs; Allan Burt Guinto, aka “Big Beefy,” 27, Brandon; Erick Richard Robinson, aka “Big E,” 45, of Zephyrhills; and Cody James Wesling, aka “Little Savage,” 27, of Riverview. They were indicted on multiple violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity, including conspiracy, murder, and assault with a dangerous weapon. They have also been charged with firearms offenses and narcotics trafficking.
Cosimano, Mencher, Guinto, Wesling, and Robinson were members of the 69’ers Motorcycle Club, a criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in acts of violence and narcotics distribution, the indictment stated.
On Dec. 21, Cosimano, Mencher, Guinto, and Wesling shot and killed Paul Anderson, the president of the Cross Bayou Chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. Cosimano also shot and wounded James Costa, the president of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, on July 25.
If convicted of all charges, Cosimano, Mencher, Guinto, and Wesling each face a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. If convicted of all charges, Robinson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Robinson and Wesling were arrested yesterday and will make their initial appearances today at 2:00 p.m. before United States Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli. Cosimano, Mencher, and Guinto are currently in state custody and will make their initial appearances on a later date.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Tampa Police Department, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Petersburg Police Department, and the State Attorney’s Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Carlton C. Gammons and Natalie Hirt Adams.
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Looking to share again in dangerous thrills, some turned to motorcycles. In 1947 thousands of bikers streamed into Hollister, California, for races and a rally where drinking and club rivalries brought havoc to the small town.
The resulting outcry prompted the American Motorcyclist Association to declare that 99 percent of motorcycle clubs were law-abiding and harmless.
Seventy years later, the nefarious few — like the two clubs Rhode Island law enforcement literally blew the doors off Wednesday — still proudly call themselves “1 percenters.” And for the last few years some violent biker gangs have been feuding over Rhode Island turf, says State Police Lt. Col. Joseph Philbin.
“In the last three or four years, we’ve had the Outlaws come here, now the Pagans, the Thugriders, the James Gang, the Lost Horsemen, the Kryptmen,” Philbin said. “They just pop up. Some of them don’t last. Some of them stick around for a while.”
“Unfortunately,” says Philbin, “Rhode Island is a pivotal state, with Massachusetts and Connecticut right above us and beside us.”
Rhode Island isn’t new ground for some older motorcycle Clubs.
This year, the Rhode Island chapter of the Hells Angels, headquartered on Messer Street, in Providence, celebrates its 25th anniversary. Members probably hope their silver anniversary goes better than the 20th.
In 2013 the state police put a damper on the party of when they arrested a “prospect” from the motorcycle gang’s Virginia Beach chapter on drug charges. Troopers stopped a van on Route 10 after the driver allegedly made several lane changes without using his turn signal. The troopers noticed that several passengers inside were not wearing seat belts.
It turned out they included the president of the Hells Angels Virginia Beach Side chapter as well as several other “full patch,” or initiated members of the gang. None was charged with any crime and they were allowed to go free.
But police charged the van driver with possession of cocaine and amphetamines.
The bikers said they were traveling to the Hells Angels clubhouse at 161 Messer St., for the anniversary party, which drew members from chapters as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, California, Arizona, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York and Ohio. Since at least August 2016, Philbin said, state police detectives have had increased monitoring of biker clubs in Rhode Island.
That summer tensions rose between the Outlaws and the Hells Angels after the Outlaws showed interest in establishing a Rhode Island presence. Investigators wanted to prevent the kind of violence that erupted in May 2015 in Waco, Texas, when members of the Bandidos and Cossacks biker gangs engaged in a shootout that left nine dead and 20 injured.
Philbin said the monitoring in 2016 helped the state police cultivate information that led to this week’s crackdown on the Pagans and the Kryptmen. Normally the clubs go about their business without attracting much attention, he says.
“They’re smart. They don’t get in the public eye a lot. For the most part they keep to themselves.
“But when it’s a small state like Rhode Island,” and more clubs start popping up, with some members shifting allegiances, it causes internal fighting. And in this case that led to information reaching law enforcement.
In the predawn hours of Wednesday more than 150 state, local and federal investigators swarmed across northern Rhode Island, carrying out 29 coordinated raids, seizing guns and drugs and arresting 50 people. Seven suspects were members of the Pagans, said Philbin, and four were members of the Kryptmen.
Many of the others arrested were suspected drug users or suppliers doing illicit business with the gangs, Philbin said.
For instance, Christine Despain, 47, was manufacturing handguns for both gangs with parts she ordered online, he said.
“She was pushing out 10 or 12 guns a week,” he said, “and if the demand was more, she’d work more. If she couldn’t make one, they [gang members] would get their hands on it by any other means possible. We were amazed the ease they got their hands on guns and sold them. It was amazing.”
Both the Pagans and the Kryptmen operated out of Woonsocket.
The Pagans club headquarters occupied the back of a convenience store at 481 Second Ave. Members of the state fire marshal’s office detonated a three-inch-thick steel door early Wednesday allowing state police detectives to gain entrance.
The gang had a 12-camera surveillance system guarding the property, Philbin said.
When the owner of the building arrived to complain about the damage, a state police detective recognized him as one of the suspects they had an arrest warrant for. He was handcuffed and taken into custody.
The Kryptmen club occupied an old industrial building in an overgrown lot, surrounded by chain link. The building had nine doors and FBI explosive experts blew each door open with a synchronized detonation.
Agents and detectives recovered a dozen guns inside — including seven pistols hidden inside a tire — and found nine people sleeping inside, Philbin said. Most of them appeared to be drug users because “they all looked pretty strung out.”
Dozens of those arrested appeared in District Court on Thursday for arraignment.
“One thing we learned from this investigation,” said Philbin, “is the incredible loyalty these guys have to their brothers in the club. They won’t sway normally. That’s why this was a kind of rare occurrence.”
USA - BN.
May 23, 2018
INVESTIGATORS have charged two men, one in Newcastle, with a conspiracy to murder as part of an ongoing investigation into a chapter of Rebels bikies.
Homicide Squad detectives arrested two men, aged 25 and 29, at corrections centres in Newcastle and Goulburn on Tuesday. The pair were both charged with conspire and agree to murder. The charges stem from an investigation by Strike Force Raptor into the Burwood chapter of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang and their associates that began in November 2015.
A man, now 29, had previously been charged over the alleged conspiracy to murder Ricky Ciano, who died in Oberon in 2017. The latest arrests came following further investigations.
The two men charged on Tuesday will remain in custody until they face court in June.
Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Scott Cook said the investigation was ongoing.
“The Homicide Squad is working side-by-side with Strike Force Raptor and pursuing a number of lines of inquiry relating to the chapter’s activities,” Detective Superintendent Cook said.
“This includes a strong focus on the links between groups, as well as those who associate with – and between – the groups.”
Police said a separate investigation specifically into Mr Ciano’s death is also continuing.
“We are continuing to piece together his movements over the weekend, but based on the information we have gathered, the conspiracy is not related to his death,” Detective Superintendent Cook said.
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Australia - BN.
May 22, 2018
The Canadian Press is reporting that "Police say a 28-year-old man is dead after a reported shooting in downtown Toronto on Sunday night. Investigators say they believe Jaiden Jackson left a downtown core restaurant with a woman at about 9 p.m. They say a black Honda Civic drove towards the pair and two suspects with firearms shot at Jackson. Police say the two suspects and the car's driver then got out of the car and chased the victim down an underground parking ramp where they continued to shoot at him. The suspects then reportedly drove away. Jackson was taken to hospital,
where he was later pronounced dead."
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A British career criminal was shot in the head and left for dead on the streets of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Saturday night. 55-year-old Allan P. (his last name has not been released by Dutch authorities) was seriously injured and is currently in the hospital.
The attempted hit occurred around 23:30 p.m. While P. was walking on the Stromarkt, an unknown assassin wearing a dark sweater with a hoody aimed a gun at his head and fired one bullet. P. then crumpled to the ground where he was found in a pool of his own blood by passersby.
Though a British citizen, P. has resided in the Netherlands since 1979 and has had frequent run ins with law enforcement. He was convicted of several drug and gun offenses and spent two months in prison after showing a fake South African passport to a Dutch police officer.
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In 2015, he was charged in the notorious case targeting One2Spy, a shop in Amsterdam where one could buy hidden cameras, bugs, GPS-tracers, encrypted mobile phones and the like. In this case “the like” also meant guns. P. was charged with showing a firearm to two British undercover agents who were investigating the spy shop. He was acquitted in court after prosecutors were unable to prove the gun functioned properly.
It is unknown why he was the target of a hit and police are still searching for the gunman.
Holland - GI.
May 20, 2018
PROSECUTORS: Kingsmen trio tried to steer motorcycle club in bad direction.Prosecutors described the trio of defendants as members of a larger network who took steps to turn a local motorcycle club into a “vicious gang” bent on “terrorizing” the Western New York area.
On Friday, they celebrated a victory in court against three members of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club who were found guilty by a federal court jury in Buffalo following a four-month trial.
“(Friday)’s verdict demonstrates that the rule of law, as enforced by the dedicated men and women of this office together with our partners in federal, state, and local law enforcement, is more powerful than even the murderous leaders of an outlaw biker gang,” said James P. Kennedy Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Western District whose office helped prosecute the case.
David Pirk, 67, a Lockport native who was the national president of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, and Andre Jenkins, a 39-year-old club member also known as “Little Bear,” were convicted on a host of charges, including RICO conspiracy, possession of firearms in furtherance of crime of violence, murder in aid of racketeering, possession and discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, using and maintaining premises for drug dealing and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Jenkins was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
In addition, 58-year-old Timothy Enix, known in the motorcycle gang’s circle as “Blaze,” who was the club’s Florida and Tennessee regional president, was convicted of RICO conspiracy, possession of firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence, using and maintaining premises for drug dealing and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
At the center of the prosecution’s case was the Sept. 6, 2014 murders of Kingsmen motorcycle club members Paul Maue and Daniel “DJ” Szymanski who were shot behind the North Tonawanda KMC Chapter clubhouse.
Pirk was convicted of orchestrating the execution-style killing of Maue and Szymanski.
Jenkins was previously found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole for carrying out the murders.
“The ringleaders of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club have been exposed as the murderous, drug-dealing, gun-toting, misogynistic thugs that they are, and all of those responsible for the senseless murders of Paul Maue and Daniel ‘DJ’ Szymanski have been finally brought to justice,” Kennedy said following the announcement about the jury’s decision on Friday.
Pirk, Jenkins and Enix, along with 17 other regional officers and members of the motorcycle club were hit with a pair of grand jury indictments that charged them with numerous crimes.
In court documents and evidence presented at trial, prosecutors maintained that, beginning in 2013, certain motorcycle gang members, including Pirk, wanted to establish the Kingsmen as a “1 percent” club.
The 1 percent refers to a previous statement by a representative of the American Motorcycle Association that 99 percent of motorcyclists were law-abiding citizens with the remaining 1 percent engaged in certain activities such as drug and firearm trafficking, and acts of violence. The defendants, and others, participated in, directly and indirectly, acts of murder, assault, robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering, prosecutors argued during trial.
In addition to the murders in North Tonawanda, prosecutors outlined other acts of violence committed by Kingsmen members, including:
• On June 7, 2013, the Kingsmen forcibly shut down the Springville Chapter and strip members of their colors because they were non-compliant members. Brandishing firearms, KMC members struck a victim in the head with a blunt object and stole items from the Springville clubhouse. They then used bleach to clean areas where the victim bled and cut and removed portions of the rug, which contained blood and
• On Sept. 12, 2009, a female victim was punched repeatedly in the face by a KMC member and then held against her will for three days to conceal her facial injuries from police.
“The defendants and their associates transformed the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club into a vicious gang that terrorized the Buffalo area, engaging in senseless murders, brutal violence, robberies, and drug trafficking,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. “But after today’s verdict, the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club’s reign of terror is coming to an end. The U.S. Department of Justice and our partners will aggressively pursue violent gangs wherever they are found and bring them to justice.”
Sentencing is set for Sept. 25 before U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, who presided over the trial of the case.
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This one is from Newfoundland. The Telgram is reporting that Two men have recently been charged in St. John's with conspiracy to murder Hells Angels associate Bradley Summers. Brad was arrested June 2013 for uttering threats and wore Hells Angel gear to court. He lived in a house with his coaccused that was firebombed the month before his arrest. Bad luck.
Canada - GO/DW.
May 18, 2018
Ein seit Jahren ungelöster Fall im Rotlichtmilieu Hamburg und der mysteriöse Mord an einem jungen Hamburger Boxer. Möglicherweise gibt es da eine Verbindung, vermutet die Polizei und veröffentlicht nun ein Video.
Der Schütze hatte bereits auf sein Opfer gewartet: Im November 2013 wird ein damals 24 Jahre altes Hamburger Hells Angels Mitglied an der Rennbahnstraße in Horn mit mehreren Schüssen niedergestreckt. Drei Kugeln treffen Tim B. Trotz der Schusswunden kann er sich in seine nahe Wohnung schleppen. Er überlebt. Der Täter konnte bislang nicht ermittelt werden.
Doch möglicherweise gibt es eine heiße Spur. Und die könnte nach Informationen von WELT zu einer anderen spektakulären Gewalttat führen, die derzeit von der Itzehoer Polizei ermittelt wird.
Mehr als vier Jahre nach dem Anschlag auf das Mitglied der Hells Angels Hamburg hat die Polizei ein Video der Tat im Internet veröffentlicht. Die Qualität der Aufnahmen ist schlecht. Doch die entscheidenden Details sind gut zu erkennen: der Schütze und seine Flucht in einem Auto mit Pinneberger Kennzeichen.
Ein Machtkampf zwischen den Hells Angels MC und anderen Rockergruppen schlossen die Ermittler damals schnell aus. Vielmehr vermuteten sie einen Streit im Rotlichtmilieu, in dem Tim B. aktiv war.
Mehrere Frauen ließ er für sich anschaffen, darunter auch seine damalige Verlobte, die ihn begleitete, als die Schüsse fielen. Möglicherweise ging es um einen Streit um Prostituierte. In Hamm sollen die Hells Angels Hamburg damals in einen Erotikklub investiert haben, der dann pleiteging. Die Polizei begann wegen versuchter Tötung zu ermitteln – bislang ohne Erfolg.
Doch das könnte sich ändern. Florian Abbenseth, Sprecher der Hamburger Polizei, erklärte am Donnerstag: „Im Zusammenhang mit den Ermittlungen der Kriminalpolizei Itzehoe zum Mord am Boxer Tunahan K. im Sommer 2017 haben sich zwischenzeitlich neue Ermittlungsansätze in Bezug auf das versuchte Tötungsdelikt vom 4.11.2013 ergeben.“
Die Kommissare der Polizei Itzehoe bearbeiten derzeit einen Fall, der sie an die Grenzen bringt und für den sie eigens eine Sonderkommission eingerichtet haben: den Mord an dem jungen Hamburger Boxer Tunahan K. Er war im Juni vergangenen Jahres verschwunden, seine Leiche wurde später in einem Waldstück in der Nähe der A7-Raststätte Holmmoor gefunden.
Die Itzehoer Polizei geht davon aus, dass Tunahan K. vom Hamburger Berufsverbrecher Frank Lindner getötet wurde. „Franky“ – der zuletzt eine Rentnerin in Appen umgebracht hatte, und sich dann Anfang dieses Jahres in seiner Zelle in Itzehoe tötete – galt als Mann fürs Grobe auf dem Kiez. Er erpresste, schüchterte ein und schoss auch gegen Honorar. Auf seinem Grundstück ganz in der Nähe des Fundorts der Leiche entdeckten die Beamten Munition und Waffen, die zum Fall Tunahan K. passen.
Wie WELT erfuhr, könnte Lindner auch im Fall der Schüsse auf Tim B. eine entscheidende Rolle gespielt haben. Welche, ist unklar. Vielleicht hatte er selbst geschossen, möglicherweise war er aber auch der Drahtzieher hinter dem Anschlag auf den Hells Angels Member.
Im Zusammenhang mit Ermittlungen wegen eines groß angelegten Betrugs bei Pokerspielen hat die Polizei bundesweit mehrere Tatverdächtige vorläufig festgenommen.
Einsatzkräfte des Landeskriminalamt Sachsen durchsuchten am Dienstag außerdem 23 Wohnungen und andere Objekte in Sachsen, Berlin, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz und Brandenburg.
Bereits seit Oktober 2017 ermittelt die Staatsanwaltschaft Dresden wegen des Verdachts auf Verbrechen des banden- und gewerbsmäßigen Betrugs gegen derzeit 15 Beschuldigte. Bei mehreren Tatverdächtigen handelt es sich demnach um Mitglieder des Rockerklub Hells Angels MC Berlin Central, so ein Sprecher des LKA Sachsen.
Seit mindestens April 2014 sollen die Tatverdächtigen regelmäßig Pokerrunden organisiert haben, zu denen sie „vorrangig liquide, teils auch prominente oder besonders in der Öffentlichkeit stehende Personen“ anwarben. Bei den Spielen sollen sie mit manipuliertem technischem Spezialequipment „bewusst und gewollt betrogen“ haben.
Der Gewinn der Gruppierung bewegte sich demnach pro Spieltag im vier- bis fünfstelligen Eurobereich und wurde untereinander aufgeteilt. Seit 2014 wurde nach bisherigen Erkenntnissen auf diese Weise ein Gesamtgewinn von mindestens 660.000 Euro erzielt, wobei die Ermittlungen noch andauern. Solche Pokerrunden fanden unter anderem in Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig und auf Mallorca statt.
Am Dienstag wurden nach LKA-Angaben sechs Haftbefehle vollstreckt. Die Tatverdächtigen sollte im Laufe des Tages den Haftrichtern vorgeführt werden. Bei den Durchsuchungen wurden zudem zahlreiche Beweismittel gefunden, darunter manipulierte Ausrüstung und Datenträger, ferner eine Schusswaffe und Betäubungsmittel. Insgesamt waren rund 300 Beamte im Einsatz.
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