Ten members of two local biker gangs were arrested over the weekend in a nonfatal attack on two men outside a bar in June 2009.
The victims were attacked because their red and gold motorcycle club colors too closely matched the colors from the suspects' gangs, according to the arrest reports.
The male victims, members of the Flaming Knights motorcycle club, were attacked outside Mr. D's Sportsbar and Grill at 1810 S. Rainbow Blvd., at Oakey Boulevard, according to police.
The owner told detectives that the bar was a popular hangout for the Bandidos Outlaw and the Down and Dirty Outlaw motorcycle gangs, according to the arrest reports. The Down and Dirty gang is a support group of the larger, more well-established Bandidos, detectives said in the reports.
In the early morning hours of June 7, 2009, many members of the two gangs were in the bar. When the victims pulled into the parking lot on motorcycles, they were quickly surrounded and beaten, and their club patches were taken from their jackets, according to witnesses and surveillance footage. Racial epithets were shouted. One victim was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds and bruises.
According to the reports, the victims were going to the bar to meet with a different gang about getting a discount on motorcycle repairs. They apparently did not know the bar was patronized by members of the Bandidos and Down and Dirty gangs.
Las Vegas police said the suspects all face charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, robbery with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit robbery.
On Saturday and Sunday, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas police and the Nye County sheriff's office served multiple search and arrest warrants.
The Bandidos gang members arrested are Thomas Ed Powers, aka "Wizard," 56; Stuart William Cantara, aka "Stu," 48; John Michael Stewart, aka "Thug," 42; Matthew James Bonelli, aka "Breaker," 26; Aaron Anthony Freeman, aka "Bumper," 29; Thomas Ross Manderfeld, aka "Tomcat," 53; and Larry Steven Johnson, aka "Revolver," 49.
The Down and Dirty gang members arrested are Timothy John Koich, aka "Hawk," 42; Eric Gerard Childers, aka "Red," 30; and James Preston Healey, aka "Rocky," 34.
They are being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.