Six people arrested during the Waco Twin Peaks biker gang shooting on Sunday are from Ellis County, according to McLennan County Jail records.
One person is from Maypearl, one is from Red Oak and four are from Midlothian. The six were arrested with about 170 others in the wake of a biker gang shootout between five biker gangs at Twin Peaks that resulted in the death of nine people and injuries to 18, according to multiple media outlets.
Midlothian residents Brian Dwight Logan, Robert Clinton Bucy, Jarrod D. Lehman, Christian A. Valencia, Red Oak resident Valdemar Guajardo Jr. and Maypearl resident Don Fowler were arrested and charged with organized criminal activity and booked into the McLennon County Jail. Each were still in jail as of 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, on $1 million bonds, according to the county jail’s inmate list.
Maypearl Police Chief Kevin Coffey confirmed Don Fowler was arrested in connection with the incident, and that he was part of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. By press time, it was unclear to which motorcycle clubs the other five belonged.
According to The Waco Tribune-Herald, law enforcement officials said rival gang members are being kept in separate parts of the jail and the violence that occurred at Twin Peaks was one of the worst crime scenes in Waco:
McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said the book-in process for the suspects in what police have called a capital murder case — the last of which were delivered to the jail about 10:30 a.m. — has been a “slow and tedious process.”
He said all rival gang members will be kept in separate parts of the jail, adding, “we’re not going to let them intermingle for the safety of the officers and for the safety of the prisoners.”
McNamara, who was at the scene Sunday, said of the violence: “It was sickening. It was the last thing you’d ever expect to see on a bright Sunday afternoon.”
Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton echoed that sentiment throughout press conferences with local, regional and national media at the scene Monday, where authorities still were sifting through evidence more than 24 hours after the episode began.
Swanton described bodies strewn across more than 100 motorcycles in pools of blood, surrounded by handguns, brass knuckles, chains and knives.
It’s unclear as of press time what role each of the six men played in the shooting, and Waco police and McLennan County law enforcement officials did not return multiple phone calls by press time to answer questions about the case. According to multiple media outlets, law enforcement was aware of “bad blood” between rival gangs during Sunday’s meeting, which was supposed to be about discussing territory boundaries and recruiting.
“Texas will not stand for the type of lawlessness we witnessed in Waco yesterday,” stated Gov. Greg Abbott in a press release Monday. “My office, along with law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels, is committed to providing any and all resources needed to support the Waco Police Department and the local community. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the first responders who put themselves in harm's way to protect innocent lives.”
At least two of the six from Ellis County have faced previous charges for crimes committed in the county.
According to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Bucy faced charges for property theft less than $500 on Jan. 29, but it’s unknown whether he was indicted on the charge. In August 2014, Fowler was arrested for bringing a prohibited weapon into a weapons-free zone and exhibiting deadly conduct by discharging a firearm near bystanders, according to a previous Waxahachie Daily Light article and Coffey.
Fowler was arrested after chasing and shooting at a skunk on the baseball field of Maypearl ISD, said Coffey in the article. Maypearl ISD property is a gun-free zone. Fowler chased the skunk from his house onto school property and continued firing at the skunk as it ran toward bystanders. The skunk was never hit, Coffey said. Coffey said Fowler admitted in a written statement to chasing the skunk, he believed to be rabid, with his handgun after it scared his dog and daughter. By press time, it was also unknown whether he was indicted on the charge.
The Bandidos, which Fowler is a member of, is known across the nation as the second most-dangerous motorcycle gang, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Waco shootout between the rival gangs on Sunday was originally reported to have been between the Bandidos and Cossacks, according to multiple media reports.
Considered an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG), the Bandidos have a membership of 2,000 to 2,500 persons in the U.S. and in 13 other countries, according to the U.S. Department of Justice website.
“The Bandidos constitute a growing criminal threat to the U.S.,” the website states. “Law enforcement authorities estimate the Bandidos are one of the two largest OMGs operating in the U.S., with approximately 900 members belonging to 93 chapters. The Bandidos are involved in transporting and distributing cocaine and marijuana and are involved in the production, transportation and distribution of methamphetamine. The Bandidos are most active in the Pacific, Southeastern, Southwestern and the West Central regions of the U.S. The Bandidos are expanding in each of these regions by forming additional chapters and allowing members of supporting clubs, known as ‘puppet’ or ‘duck’ club members who have sworn allegiance to another club but who support and do the ‘dirty work’ of a mother club - to form new or join existing Bandidos chapters.”
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