National President, Other Leaders and Members Charged with Racketeering, Attempted Murder and other Violent Crimes
RICHMOND, Va., June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National President and 26 other members and associates of the American Outlaw Association (Outlaws) motorcycle gang have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia. The 12-count indictment – which was returned on June 10, 2010, but unsealed today – charges that the men participated in a criminal enterprise that engaged in a wide range of crimes, including attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery, extortion, witness intimidation, narcotics distribution, illegal gambling and weapons violations.
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Rich Marianos, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement today after the indictment was unsealed and the defendants were placed in custody.
"Today's arrests of the national president and leadership of the American Outlaws Association mark another aggressive attempt by the Department of Justice to dismantle what the indictment alleges to be a gang whose entire environment revolves around violence," said U.S. Attorney MacBride.
"This is another example of what ATF does best," said Acting SAC Rich Marianos. "Our agents work day in and day out with our law enforcement partners fighting violent crime so our citizens can feel safer in their communities and homes."
The indictment alleges that the Outlaws motorcycle gang is a highly organized criminal enterprise with a defined, multi-level chain of command, which is overseen by Jack Rosga, aka Milwaukee Jack, 53, Milwaukee, Wis., who served as the Outlaws National President. Leaders and members in multiple states are charged in the indictment, including Wisconsin, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia. Under Rosga's leadership, the enterprise is alleged to have engaged in violent racketeering activities with the intent to expand its influence and control various parts of the country against rival motorcycle gangs, particularly the Hell's Angels.
According to the indictment, the Outlaws planned multiple acts of violence against rival motorcycle gangs, including shows of force at the Cycle Expo in 2006, Dinwiddie Racetrack in 2008, Cockades Bar in 2009, Daytona Bike Week in 2009, and the Easyrider Bike Expo in 2010. The indictment alleges that in the Cockades Bar show of force, members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club joined the Outlaws in the assault against rival gangs.
The indictment states that in October 2009, Rosga allegedly directed members of the Outlaws to retaliate against the Hell's Angels for their attack on two Outlaws members, which resulted in the alleged attempted murder of a Hell's Angels member in Canaan, Maine. The victim was seriously injured from gunshot wounds. Following Outlaw tradition, the two Outlaw members who carried out the attack allegedly received new patches indicating they had performed a violent act on behalf of the Outlaws.
In November 2008, Outlaws members are charged in the indictment of assaulting a black male at the Hard Times Cafe in Fredericksburg, Va., for no other reason but his race, and then intimidating witnesses and instructing fellow Outlaws members to lie to obstruct law enforcement's investigation of the assault.
The indictment also includes allegations of the Outlaws regularly distributing and using narcotics, engaging in illegal gambling activities, and the regular use of firearms and other dangers weapons.
If convicted, the defendants face years in prison. A fact sheet outlining the possible penalties for each count contained in the indictment is attached.
The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Washington Field Division; the FBI's Washington Field Office; the Virginia State Police; the Chesterfield County Police Department; and numerous law enforcement partners throughout the country. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter Duffey and Dennis Fitzpatrick and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Kaplan on behalf of the United States.
Those charged in the indictment include:
- Jack Rosga, aka "Milwaukee Jack," 53, serves as the National Boss of the Outlaws organization and is also a member of the Gold Region, Milwaukee Wisconsin Chapter.
- Joseph Allman, 46, is an Outlaws member in the Red region and holds a position in the Maine Chapter, previously serving as President and Enforcer.
- John Banthem, aka "Bull," 46, is an Outlaws member in Montana and is the president of a new prospect chapter in Montana.
- Thomas Benvie, aka "Taz," 41, is an Outlaws member in the Red region and currently serves as President of the Maine Chapter.
- William Davey, aka "Rebel," 46, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region and was formerly the Chapter Enforcer in the Ashville, North Carolina.
- Mark Jason Fiel, aka "Jason," 37, is a former Outlaws member in the Copper Region and a former leader in the Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter.
- Mark Steven Fiel, aka "Snuff," 59, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region and serves as President of the Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter.
- Chris Gagner, 37, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region and serves as the President and Treasurer of the Asheville, North Carolina Chapter.
- Harold Herndon, aka "Lil' Dave," 48, is an Outlaws member and is currently the Copper Region Vice President and member of the Lexington, North Carolina Chapter.
- Mark Lester, aka "Ivan," 55, is an Outlaws member in the Knoxville, Tennessee Chapter and is served as the Boss of the Grey Region until early 2010.
- Brett Longendyke, 32, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region and serves as the Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter Enforcer.
- David Lowry, aka "Little David," 49, is an Outlaws member and currently the Copper Region Boss and member of the Charlotte Chapter.
- Michael Mariaca, aka "M & M," 50, is an Outlaws member and serves as the President of the Rock Hill, South Carolina Chapter and Copper Region Enforcer.
- Thomas Mayne, aka "Tomcat," 59, is an Outlaws member in the Red Region and serves as the regional treasurer. Mayne formerly served as the Red Region Enforcer.
- Harry Rhyne McCall, 53, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region, Lexington, North Carolina Chapter.
- Michael Pedini, aka "Madman," 39, is an Outlaws member in the Red Region and a former Enforcer in the Northern Maine Chapter.
- Thomas Petrini, aka "Jo Jo," 48, is a former Outlaws member in the Copper Region, Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter.
- Michael Smith, 51, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region and serves as the President of the Hickory, North Carolina Chapter.
- Mark Spradling, aka "Lytnin," 52, is an Outlaws member and serves as Treasurer of the Copper Region.
- Christopher Timbers, aka "Alibi," 37, is an Outlaws member in the Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the Copper Region.
- James Townsend, aka "Vern," 44, is an Outlaws member and President of the Lexington, North Carolina Chapter.
- Leslie Werth, aka "Les," 47, is an Outlaws member and currently is the Vice President of the Rock Hill, South Carolina Chapter. Werth served as the Copper Region Boss until October 17, 2009.
- Brian McDermott, 50, is an Outlaws member of the Copper Region's Hickory, North Carolina chapter.
- Charles Love, aka "Chuck" and "Rebar," 49, is a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from Amelia, Va.
- William Powell, aka "Torch," 49, is a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from Lynchburg, Va.
- Charles Barlow, aka "Chuck," 43, is a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from Chesterfield, Va.
- Dennis Haldermann, aka "Chew Chew," 45, is a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from Chesterfield, Va.
The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice