Multiple news sources are reporting that three members of the Renegades Motorcycle Club have been arrested and charged today, January 28th, with assault by mob, abduction and participation in a criminal street gang.
The accused men are reported to be Daniel Ray Justice, 41, William Jeffery Wolfe, 43 and Jerry Lynn Gurganuas, 52. The charges have been reported to “stem” from an alleged assault January 7th in the 200 block of E. Washington Street in Suffolk, Virginia.
Authorities in two states are apparently trying to leverage the assault charges into a general fishing expedition for evidence to incriminate as many Renegades as possible for something.
This morning, officers from the Suffolk and Chesapeake, Virginia Police departments, the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and agents from the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement served five search warrants at a junk yard in Suffolk, and four other locations in Chesapeake, Virginia and in Herford and Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
After the raids, police announced to the press that they had found “evidence of gang participation,” guns and drugs and that “additional charges” are anticipated.
The Renegades Motorcycle Club was founded in 1970. The club has eighteen charters in the eastern United States. And, according to the club’s website, the Renegades “believe in living life as it should be. Free, without government intrusion into our private lives.”
The Renegades were last in the national spotlight in 1999. In that case the Federal Bureau of Investigation paid an informant $3,300 a month plus a $100,000 bonus to implicate the Renegades in the recreational drug business in Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the Renegades were alleged to have bought and sold large amounts of methamphetamine. Three club officers pleaded guilty.