Mongols Motorcycle Club Member Gets Prison In Deadly 2002 Brawl

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The five are named in a federal indictment, returned Tuesday in Las Vegas, accusing them of “violence in aid of racketeering” and use of firearms during crimes of violence. All five suspects are affiliated with the Washington Nomad Chapter of the Hells Angels which has its clubhouse at 1308 E. ATF agents, who were supported by the Spokane Police Department’s SWAT team, didn’t immediately say whether anything was seized during the search of the Spokane clubhouse. Richard “Smilin’ Rick’ Fabel, president of the Washington Nomad Chapter, said the only thing taken by federal agents from the Spokane clubhouse were snapshots of club members. With five members arrested, Fabel brushed off the impact on the local Hells Angels chapter. A sign on the red-and-white clubhouse says, “Honesty Matters.” “It’s kind of like all the past deals they’ve pulled on us,” Fabel said.

A Hells Angels biker was found dead by police along Interstate 40 near Ludlow, CA. He was on his way home from Laughlin to San Diego. Less than an hour after the bloodshed in Laughlin, a 29-year-old biker gang member was shot as he rode his motorcycle near the town of Ludlow, said Chip Patterson, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. LAS VEGAS — A federal criminal case against 42 Hells Angels ended Friday with the sentencing of two men who pleaded guilty to taking part in a deadly brawl with rival Mongols biker gang members in a Nevada casino in 2002. A police officer talks to bikers during the 20th anniversary of the Laughlin, Nev. Members of the gangs fought Saturday evening in the parking lot of a Shell gas station.

Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the incident. Shot to death in the first multiple murders on a Nevada casino floor were Hells Angels members Jeramie Bell, 27, and Robert Tumelty, 50. The plaintiffs said they got caught in the crossfire or were injured as gamblers stampeded out of the casino when the fight erupted. Tunforss said the Arizona facility received seven gunshot victims, one man with skull trauma, a stabbing victim and a man with chest pains. Pollice gather at Harrah’s Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, early Saturday morning after the gang fight in which three people died. The four-day event, which began with just 500 riders, has become so mainstream that the Laughlin Area Chamber of Commerce promotes it on its Web site.

After the melee, a bridge between Bullhead City and Laughlin was shut down, as were other access points into Laughlin, as reports brewed that more gang members were itching to get into the city to continue the fight. In the 1980s, the Hells Angels attempted to change its image by holding charity events and recruiting young professionals. A longtime spokesman, George Christie Jr., was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty in March to conspiring to sell drugs. By late Saturday, all routes into Laughlin were reopened and the riverfront gambling town was virtually back in business without further violence, police said. Motorcycles roared through town as visitors and residents ate, gambled and strolled through the streets. Seven people injured in this morning’s violence were sent to the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center across the river in Bullhead City, Ariz.

Warning the violence in this video may not be suitable for all audiences. Police report states there were 65 knives and nine guns found in and around the casino. Many more motorcyclists than expected flooded the small town to watch the annual rallies as well as to socialize and drink.

“Blow by blow, stab by stab, and shot by shot, we know exactly what happened in that casino,” said Las Vegas police Lt. Vince Cannito after investigators watched casino surveillance tapes. The annual Laughlin River Run, one of the nation’s largest motorcycle festivals, came to an uneasy end as dozens of extra police patrolled the streets to guard against possible retaliation. About 20 bikers sped off towards MetroHealth with the threat of “locking the whole place down,” according to police records.

Police interviewed more than 500 people, and surveillance tapes clearly showed what happened. Harrah’s made counselors available to guests and employees and opened an information hotline. In fear of retaliation, the town was kept on tight security and police watch. The brawl, involving 60 to 70 people, broke out during an annual event that draws tens of thousands of roaring Harleys and Hondas to this riverside gambling town. Within minutes, more than a dozen people had been stabbed or shot, Darcy said.

Frederick Donahue, a Hells Angel from Rodeo, Calif., vanished after indictments were handed down following the 2002 melee. Six members of the Hells Angels were sent to prison in 2006; charges against 36 others were dismissed. The brawl occurred during Laughlin’s annual River Run event, buying and selling products via electronic channels such as the internet is called attracting tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to the Colorado River gambling resort nearly 100 miles south of Las Vegas. About an hour later and 92 miles west of the casino town, police in California say a biker was found shot dead alongside Interstate 40 near Ludlow.

At least one man was arrested and 70 to 100 others were detained for questioning after the shootout, which prompted the temporary closure of highways and a bridge leading out of town. Denise Massey, 48, was gambling with her fiancé on the first floor of Harrah’s when she noticed 20 to 30 bikers suddenly converge. Casino.org is the world’s leading independent online gaming authority, providing trusted online casino news, guides, reviews and information since 1995.