Brandon “Suicide” Cheville was apprehended yesterday afternoon by the United States Marshals’ Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force in Boone, Iowa.
Cheville is a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club and was one of 79 people named in a Federal indictment made public on October 21, 2008. Sixty-one suspects were arrested that day. Cheville is the 12th suspect arrested since the initial raids.
Cheville is specifically accused of: Carrying a firearm at a Mongols party in Temecula, California; assaulting a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in a Las Vegas casino in May, 2006; delivering a 12 gauge shotgun and an AK-47 rifle to an unnamed person at a Mongols event in Temecula in August, 2006; being a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club; sponsoring a prospective member of the Mongols; telling a prospect that he should be willing to “kill and die” for the Mongols; conspiring to hide evidence of a crime; and “arranging to purchase” one kilogram of cocaine.
Operation Black Rain
The October raids were the culmination of an undercover investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) called “Operation Black Rain.” Several federal, state and local law enforcement agencies executed a total of 162 search warrants last fall in California, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Florida and Ohio. The arrest and search warrants were based on the sworn testimony of four male ATF agents who had become members of the Mongols and four female ATF agents who had pretended to be having sex with the male agents.
Seventy-one of the accused remain in custody. Most of the incarcerated men are scheduled for trial beginning in July.
Cheville was featured on the Fox Television Network program America’s Most Wanted in November 2008. A viewer told that show that Cheville “had ties to central Iowa.” The television program told the Marshals Service. Marshals in California told Marshals in Iowa and, according to a Marshals Service press release, Cheville was then located within 24 hours. On its web site, America’s Most Wanted is touting Cheville as “AMW Capture #1062.”
Marshals, officers of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, ATF agents and officers of the Iowa Department of Public Safety found Cheville at work in a tattoo parlor on Story Street in Boone. Boone is a city of about 12,000 people. And, until Cheville’s capture the town was most famous for being the birth place of former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and for having the second busiest bowling alley in Iowa.
The accused man was taken into custody without incident and is being held in the Polk County Jail in Boone pending extradition to California.