The Malos Hechos Furor

April 24, 2014

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This is a television and internet story because its heart is a video. This story wouldn’t have even been news a generation ago but it is news now. It has been festering in Fresno, the fifth largest city in California, for about the last week. The story is important because the video that follows these words is likely to pop up in newscasts, press conferences and court proceedings for the next decade and now and forever it will be attached to the phrase “motorcycle club.”

The video was originally posted to YouTube on March 7 but it didn’t start to get attention until this month.

The Stomping

It shows a fairly routine beating in a parking lot. Police say the altercation started in a Fresno bar called the Crossroads. The bar has a reputation for edginess. Last month a man and wife named Herman and Janae Tatum were shot in the bar. Mrs. Tatum died.

When the argument in the Crossroads went outside the two men who lost the fight were set upon by the six winners. One of those losers managed to avoid significant injury by back peddling and dancing and wrestling himself free whenever his arms were pinned. The other loser was wrestled to the ground and stomped. When he went passive he got stomped some more. The stomping hurts to watch and it is probably particularly disturbing to people who have never seen such things before.

The video was apparently recorded on a cell phone by someone acquainted with the winners and Fresno police saw it. “Social media was very, very helpful in this case,” Police Chief Jerry Dyer told Carmen George of the Fresno Bee. “We continue to monitor social media every single day.”

Malos Hechos

Fresno police arrested four men  in connection with the incident. Their names are Apolinio Martinez, Daniel Telles, Christopher Martinez Jr. and Christopher Martinez Sr. And police allege that the four are members of a new motorcycle club called the Malos Hechos – which probably translates most accurately as the “Born Bad.” The police haven’t offered any proof that the assailants are members of the club. And they also allege that Malos Hechos is associated with a notorious fraternal organization called the Fresno Bulldogs.

In his interview with the Bee, Chief Dyer said, “I received a call from an individual who was trying to represent this group as simply people dropping out of the gang and trying to help other people drop out of the gang and get into motorcycle riding, which is nothing further from the truth…. These are individuals that are extremely violent.”

In the same interview Dyer admitted that violent crime in Fresno is down 13 percent from a year ago.


29 Responses to “The Malos Hechos Furor”

  1. Road Whore Says:

    @ Glenn S.:


    Or, this:

    Fuck a bunch of Muslims! This is America, assholes!

    Ride Free

  2. Sin cal Says:

    @glenn s

    Just watched the video and the kid took it like a man and will be returning back to school.

    @base what the chief has failed to mention is how his club has had a itchy trigger finger they have shot several people with cell phones in hand. And let’s not get started on how his officers wear theirs patches

  3. Base Says:

    Oh so true Sieg

  4. Glenn S. Says:

    Wonder why this sort of shit doesn’t “go viral”:

  5. Sieg Says:

    Hey Base, at least this guy wasn’t handcuffed, right?!?!?!?!?!?


  6. Base Says:

    One day cock of the walk, the next day s feather duster.

    I know and understand when the epinephrine flows one can & will get excessive in handing out brutality or has the tendency to pound on their chest and proclaim to the world how bad ass they are.

    There is a couple lessons here.

    1:Fighting from the fetal position is never a good idea. Your head tends to be used as a soccer ball.

    2:No matter how cool you think you or your buddies look, posting a video like this online is going to aid in your prosecution.

    Pound your chest’s loudly!

    In the link Sic Cal provided notice how the cop attacks the aggressors manhood ” Ganging up on one person is the act of a coward!”
    No Shit? How ironic, the pot calling the kettle black!

    Oh wait, that’s in their job description right under the

    “If you can’t find anything make something up” clause.

  7. Sieg Says:

    Probably get told off for this, but…

    Shit is weak.

    This wasn’t any kind of “stomping”, at least not like any I ever seen. The guy that gets kicked, yeah, he’s gonna be a hurting unit in the morning, but the ones kicking him were all wearing sneakers, and the guy was still up and moving at the end of it. He didn’t fight back, lay there like a bitch and let them kick on him.

    Gotta agree with several posters above, this just looks like a plain-vanilla bar fight that got took outside. No representing, no cuts, no signs thrown. If it was club-bidness, or “gang-members” as the piggers love to say, they must do it WAY different out there.

    I’ve seen real stompings, and I’ve been stomped. Good. Got stomped by five or six guys from another club back when I was a youngster, maybe 15, and I STILL have a couple lumps from it. A real stomping, you don’t just get up and wander off to the next bar.


  8. Done Says:

    At my age fist fights suck. 20 years ago not so much but if I’m honest, not my thing anymore. Got a CWP but don’t hang out with drunks which eliminates 9/10 of the problem. When I ride around on a Saturday night I’m not looking to end up in an ER or County Lock Up. Been there, done that, not cool.

    What gets me is the whole camera thing. Time was when NOBODY brought a camera to a Club thing. If they did they lost their camera if their hosts were in a good mood. Cell phones, i-Phones, all that crap needs to be left in the saddle bags and anyone with one needs to be “reminded”. A cell phone in a Club House? Give me a break. Then these fucktards put this shit on the internet? Really? Fucking insane and any Club that tolerates or allows it has nothing to complain about, they brought that heat on themselves.

    For Christ’s sake put up a fucking sign “CELL PHONES & CAMERAS WILL BE CONFISCATED – THIS MEANS YOU”.

  9. Jim666 Says:

    Agree w/ OC VAGO 1%er

    no patches not even a bike how is this being seen as a M/C ?

  10. rollinnorth Says:

    I guess I’m getting old, but this need to broadcast every aspect of one’s life is something I will never be comfortable with. The Internet is still the WORLD-WIDE Web, although no one calls it that anymore. Glad it wasn’t around when I was growing up. Then, too, we knew that some things you just didn’t talk about.


  11. rollinnorth Says:

    “…and they operate in numbers, like most cowards do.” Looking in the mirror, Chief?

    Respect, to those…

  12. skinny denny Says:

    Doc Cavazos would have probably patched these clowns in with no questions asked. Wonder how Doc is doing these days?

  13. Road Whore Says:

    @ DesertH-D:

    Amen. ‘Nuff said.

    Ride Free

  14. DesertH-D Says:

    No disrespect intended to any of the ladies around here that have earned their stripes, but I’d give 5:1 odds the poster was an ol’ lady or female friend. If not that, I’d bet it was a young associate, probably a teenager.

    In any case, it should be taken as a reminder to all, of the need to educate ALL who come around about what is said, shown, or posted…

  15. Road Whore Says:

    @ My 2 cents:

    Thanks for the info. California law SUCKS! I ALWAYS believe in kicking a man when he’s down…or up…or…

    Ride Free

  16. N P Says:

    @ Vikingtrotter: one word from Jax and those guys will never fly again.

  17. Latigo Morgan Says:

    That’s what they are calling a beatdown, now?

    Damn glad there weren’t any cell phone cameras when I was younger.

  18. Vikingtrotter Says:

    I wonder what JAX and his Charming crew will do now that there is a new bad ass MC in the area….TUNE IN!

  19. OC VAGO 1%er Says:

    Don’t see a single patch or motorcycle. Looks like a run of the mill scuffle in a parking lot. So fucking what?

  20. My 2 cents Says:

    Hello, I’m a long time reader and this is my first comment. I am not a biker, but have been involved in many similar situations to this. Under California law kicking someone while they are down is a serious offense. At the very least you will catch a charge aggravated assault w/ a deadly weapon (your shoes/boots/feet), usually worded several different ways to make for multiple charges. Also, depending on the condition of the “victim”, you may also catch a charge of attempted murder. I personally almost went down for this, but this was back in the days before cell phone cameras were everywhere, turning the world into a citizen-facilitated 1984. If this video really was taken by a “friend” of the guys doing the dishing out, they have completely FUCKED their friends by not immediately deleting it.

  21. Road Whore Says:

    I have to agree with all…seen much worse. No weapons used, and the worst of it were the kicks, which had to hurt like a motherfucker, but apparently the guy was able to get up and walk away. Not actually much of a beatdown.

    If your mouth writes checks that your ass can’t cash, then prepare for the shit that comes rollin’ down your way. If you go to a bar with a bad rep for fights you shouldn’t be surprised when fights break out, and/or if you become the target for one.

    I was kind of surprised at this video…as 10Gauge says: “Nobody was stabbed, or shot, or beaten with a bat or crowbar or chain or 2×4 or padlock and handkerchief or mag light or axe handle or pool cue or bottle or sock and pool ball or hammer…”

    All things considered pretty innocuous stuff. One guy walked off, looked like the other guy could get up and do the same…most serious stompings I’ve, ahem, heard about the stompees were unconscious afterwards or unable to move normally for awhile.

    Ride Free

  22. Sin cal Says:

    I live on Fresno. The club isn’t the problem. When they were on TV and asked about being a validated bulldog(local street gang) one of the the guys from the video admitted he was a banger. What is failed to mention in the video is how the losers started the hole problem. When push came to shove well you see who wins.

  23. Stevo Says:

    Seen worse.

  24. 10Gauge Says:

    I agree….

    Nobody was stabbed, or shot, or beaten with a bat or crowbar or chain or 2×4 or padlock and handkerchief or mag light or axe handle or pool cue or bottle or sock and pool ball or hammer…


    The public will freak the fuck out everytime they see a defenseless man being kicked in the head….especially when they look to be knocked out…

    One of their crew filmed and posted that as a bragging deal? …WTF.???

  25. ghost Says:

    no cuts on and not even talking gang shit or throwing signs, this wasn’t even really that bad of a beating, I’ve seen much worse, looks like some youngsters got into a fight which is fairly common and some retard recorded it and put it on the internet and now got his friends in a serious legal jam. I think the person who recorded it should be stomped and a phone shoved up his ass.. glad these god damned gadgets weren’t that common back in the 90’s when I was doing that shit on almost a nightly basis, I would be under the jail doing life..

  26. L-Frame S&W Says:

    I have to agree with anon, on both counts, one man was putting the boots to the one on the ground, and the rest were wrestling with the slippery one, and then everyone walks away.

    I also see no evidence that these men are club members, all are wearing tee shirts. How does Fresno po-po pin this on any club?

  27. anon Says:

    For 6-on-2, that didn’t look too bad for those on the receiving end. Some people could have had far worse evenings if several men didn’t show such restraint.

    I mean absolutely no disrespect to any PH, prospects, hangarounds, or friendly acquaintances with my next comment, and I apologize in advance if any offence is taken. I don’t ride, and I have no acquaintances in the community. Rebel’s statement that “[t]he video was apparently recorded on a cell phone by someone acquainted with the winners and Fresno police saw it,” suggest to me that someone went and recorded club business. And then the same person posted club business on the internet. As far as I’m concerned, club business – even involving external parties that are willing participants – is NUNMA, as in Nun Mah fucking business.

  28. skinny denny Says:

    I wouldn’t take a dump in that shithole town, yet alone drink in a bar. Stockton and Modesto suck donkey dick and balls, too.

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