Charges Filed Against 12 Houston Motorcycle Gang Members Following a 3-Year Investigation into a 'Vicious' Gang Assault.
Twelve members of a Houston motorcycle gang have been apprehended and charged in connection with a violent assault on another motorcycle club, as announced by United States Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani on Monday.
These individuals are affiliated with the Homietos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, and they face charges of assault with a dangerous weapon in support of racketeering, conspiracy to commit such acts, and discharging a firearm during a violent crime.
Joseph Gomez, aged 37, was taken into custody on September 22 and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Meanwhile, Joe Barrera, 35, Joe Rios, 47, Edgar Hinojosa, 38, William Espinoza, 47, Mario Gomez, 50, Morgan Cooper, 49, and Moises Soriano, 41, were all arrested on September 21. Additionally, Rudolph Lopez, 36, was apprehended in Fort Worth, Texas. All of them are currently being held in detention.
In addition to the aforementioned charges, Barrera, Cooper, and Burnett also face charges of being felons in possession of firearms, while Hinojosa may be charged with possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
The incident in question occurred on September 19, 2020, when members of the Homietos Gang were celebrating their fifth anniversary at the Sterling Banquet Hall. According to the indictment, one member invited three individuals from the Tattoo Crue Motorcycle Club, after which Homietos members assaulted the newcomers.
As a result of the assault, two victims were hospitalized. Authorities have characterized the Homietos Outlaw motorcycle gang as a violent criminal organization with chapters not only in Texas but also in other parts of the United States. They purportedly recruit members, including many with prior felony convictions, and a significant number who are current or former members of the Houstone Tango Blast gang.
United States Attorney Hamdani stated, "We have taken decisive action. These alleged gangs thrive on violence, with their members and associates engaging in acts aimed at preserving the organization's power and reputation. Whether in the east side, Sunnyside, or within a motorcycle club, we will pursue anyone who is alleged to commit brutal and violent acts to maintain their gang status."
David Martinez, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Houston Office, emphasized that these arrests were the culmination of a multi-year investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies. Martinez stated, "This criminal organization stands accused of crimes that subject victims, community members, and rivals to a constant state of fear through intimidation and violence. Both law enforcement and the public have had enough of the violence, ruthlessness, and disregard for law and order allegedly perpetrated by this gang."
The investigation was conducted by various agencies, including the FBI, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of Inspector General, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, sheriff's offices in Harris and Montgomery Counties, the Houston Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys John M. Lewis and Brian J. Hrach are handling the prosecution of the case.
这些个人隶属于Homietos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang，他们面临使用危险武器支持敲诈行为、共谋实施此类行为以及在暴力犯罪中开枪的指控。
有争议的事件发生在2020年9月19日，当时Homietos Gang的成员正在Sterling Banquet Hall庆祝他们的五周年纪念。根据起诉书，一名成员邀请了来自Tattoo Crue Motorcycle Club的三名新成员，之后Homietos成员袭击了他们。
作为袭击的结果，有两名受害者住院。当局将Homietos Outlaw摩托车帮描述为一个暴力犯罪组织，该组织不仅在得克萨斯州设有章节，还在美国其他地方设有章节。据称，他们招募成员，其中许多人有前科记录，还有许多是目前或曾经是Houstone Tango Blast帮派的成员。
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