The Federal Bureau of Investigation supported by the New York State Police and various local police departments raided five Kingsmen Motorcycle Club clubhouses and one private residence this morning at dawn.
The five clubhouses were on North Transit Road in Lockport; Pine Street in Olean; Cudaback Avenue in Niagara Falls; East Eagle Street in Buffalo; and Oliver Street in North Tonawanda. The private residence was on California Hill Road in Delevan, New York. The Kingsmen have nine chapters in New York.
Neither the FBI nor the Western District of New York issued a press release about the raids. The search warrants are sealed. There appear to have been no arrests. Police did seize the Kingsmen logo from the front of the North Tonawanda clubhouse. Seizing the club’s logo suggests that the Department of Justice is considering civil forfeiture proceedings against the clubhouse. Civil forfeiture is usually preceded by a racketeering prosecution.
The North Tonawanda clubhouse was the scene of the murders of Kingsmen Paul Maue and Daniel “DJ” Szymanski before dawn on September 6, 2014. Andre “Li’l Bear” Jenkins, who may have told a jailhouse informant that he was an “enforcer” for the Kingsmen, was found guilty in state court of the murders last week. Sources The Aging Rebel considers credible described Jenkins as a “former striker” for the club. At the time of his arrest in November 2014, Jenkins did not own a motorcycle.
After his conviction, Jenkins’ lawyer, Dominic Saraceno, told the Buffalo News that state prosecutors had offered Jenkins a plea deal that would have included a reduced sentence if Jenkins agreed to testify against KIngsmen national president David Pirk. The prosecution had theorized that Pirk sent Jenkins to New York to kill five Kingsmen. Pirk, who runs a tree services business in Eustis, Florida remains president of the club and has not been charged with any crime.
Saraceno told the News that Jenkins “was not willing to cooperate against his brother Kingsmen.”