Members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club are cooperating with prosecutors after a brawl and gunfight between Rebels and members of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club six weeks ago in Rochester, Pennsylvania, a small town northwest of Pittsburgh.
The Rebels is the largest motorcycle club in Australia. The club recently began establishing chapters in the United States and currently has chapters in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Georgia.
On the club website, Rebels Motorcycle Club United States says: “We are a traditional ‘old school’ motorcycle club founded on the values of brotherhood, loyalty, respect and honor. We are not simply a club, but a group of men who share in the biker lifestyle that we love and live within the bonds of brotherhood. As such, ‘brother’ is not simply a word thrown around, but a dedication to our fellow club brothers, supporting them and their families anyway possible. We value our women, our families and our club. Rebels MC is the largest, multi-ethnic 1% motorcycle club in the world, having charters in several countries and many chapters in the United States. We have a tradition of judging men based on their character, not on their skin color, religion or political views. We hold fast to the idea that respect is given to those who deserve it, not to those who demand it!”
According to informed sources, the Pennsylvania chapter of the Rebels is comprised of former members of the Satan’s Syndicate Motorcycle Club and the Iron Order Motorcycle Club.
October 13 Brawl
Members of the Rebels began cooperating with police on October 13, the night of a brawl outside the Double J Saloon on Brighton Avenue in Rochester. According to published reports and other sources, between 25 and 35 members of the two clubs engaged in mutual combat. Two of the combatants, a Rebel named J.D. Lambert and a Leatherneck named Cory Robert Howard (booking photo above and video below) produced firearms. Lambert is a former member of Satan’s Syndicate and has a previous conviction for aggravated assault.
According to local police, Howard fired into the ground, slightly wounding Lambert in the leg and ankle and announced, “Next one is going in you.” The same police report says Howard then shot Lambert in the buttocks.
According to witnesses, “dozens” of shots were fired by members of both clubs.
Howard was taken into custody at the scene. A member of the Rebels then positively identified Howard at the local police station as the man who shot Lambert. Howard was then charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and disorderly conduct.
Howard was deployed to Iraq twice during seven years in the Marine Corps. He is a veteran of the Second Battle of Fallujah and he was seriously wounded in May 2007. He spent five months at the Brooke Army Medical Center burn unit before being reassigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune where he was medically retired. Howard now lives in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.
According to sources, multiple members of the Rebels attended Howard’s preliminary hearing this Monday at the Beaver County Courthouse. The same source said members of the Pennsylvania Rebels have agreed to testify against Howard.