The Iron Order Motorcycle Club continues to try to wash and spin dry the murder of Black Piston Zachariah “Nas T” Tipton outside Nippers Beach Grille in Jacksonville Beach, Florida on June 26.
In an interview, Derek Kinner of Folio Weekly asked Iron Order President Ray “Izod” Lubesky (photo above) if members of the Iron Order went to Nippers that night to “bait” members of the Black Pistons to fight.
Lubesky replied, “I can promise you no one went there to kill anybody. Nobody was looking for a fight. We had people inside and we had people outside. If we were looking for a fight, they would have been all together.” Lubesky does not deny that the Iron Order members have a history of provoking fights
Iron Order Threatened
Lubesky also continues to complain about this site’s coverage of the case and to claim to have secret, inside knowledge of the case that is not available to the general public. “We have not been directly threatened but it’s all over the internet,” the Iron Order President told Kinner. “It’s deplorable. I know what the rumors are, that we murdered this guy. It was an execution style killing with a bullet through the temple, there were two shooters who fired four times.” Kinner indirectly quotes Lubesky as saying “All of that is untrue.”
The Aging Rebel believes the police statement that Tipton was shot in the temple. This page has also been told by multiple sources that at least two Iron Order members were present, that multiple shots were fired and that Tipton was shot three or four times. The medical examiners report on Tipton has not been released. Members of Tipton’s immediate family have stated publically that they were not permitted to see his body.
The Iron Order and Jacksonville Beach Police spokesman Tom Crumley have both stated that the shooter was not a law enforcement officer. However Crumley seems to have been playing semantic games throughout this investigation. In attempting to learn the identity of the man who killed Zach Tipton this page has identified an Iron Order prospect who is the son of an Iron Order member who is also a police officer in Kentucky. When The Aging Rebel contacted the prospect about Tipton by email the prospect replied “Not sure what your talking about.”
Police Not Hiding Anything
Lubesky told Kinner the police “are not hiding anything, they are not protecting anybody…. They want to make sure they get it right.”
However Lubesky also told Folio his club will stick by the shooter whether he is indicted or not. Kinner reports that if the shooter is charged the Iron Order “will fully support him in the courts, financially and morally.”