Still No Arrests In Denver

February 2, 2016

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Still No Arrests In Denver

Tough guy prison guard and Iron Order patch holder Derrick “Kong” Duran is still free today. Duran probably murdered Mongols Motorcycle Club member Victor “Nubs” Mendoza last Saturday and he is unlikely to be charged.

A widely circulated photograph shows Duran at the scene of the crime with a gun in his right hand. Another photo of Duran talking on his cellphone while police patiently wait for him to finish and while one of Duran’s Iron Order coconspirators makes a “He Dah Man” gesture in Kong’s direction has also been making the rounds. But the Mongols who witnessed the crime have refused to cooperate with police. It is par for the course when the Iron Order pushes its weight around

Coverage of the murder in the last day has focused on dueling statements made by Las Vegas lawyer Stephen “Bowtie” Stubbs and Iron Order Motorcycle Club “Director of the Division of Legal Affairs” John C. “Shark” Whitfield. Stubbs represented the Mongols when they held their national run in Boulder City, Nevada in June 2012 and filed a federal civil rights lawsuits on behalf of  complainants who included members of the Mongols that same month.

Whitfield is an accident attorney who dabbles in politics – he’s the former Nortonville, Kentucky City Attorney – but he seems to keep busy representing the Iron Order. How much Whitfield makes as the Iron Order fixer is a club secret as are all the club’s financial affairs. The Iron Order is certainly well healed. The club spent $300,000 on a party for members in 2014. Whitfield certainly deserves to be compensated for the fires he has smothered.

Cartoon Misogyny

The Iron Order excellent public relations starkly contrasts with its cartoonish misogyny. The biography of long time club president Ray “Izod” Lubesky is larded with tales of “club groupies, floozies and whores.” He advises prospective Iron Order members “A full patch can get laid faster than any biker and that is a fact. It may not be with a Shania Twain look alike but it will have tits and pussy.”

He recounts going to visit an Iron Order chapter in Indiana and meeting “their clubhouse whore. The Kentucky chapter was pretty jealous of Indiana because they had their own clubhouse whore and we didn’t. We would soon have our own crew of ladies and our women would start a support club of their own, the Iron Order Maidens, but at this time we didn’t have any women and here Indiana had their own clubhouse whore. She stayed at their clubhouse that had no shower. To give her a shower they took her out back and used a garden hose. Now that’s class.”

The club’s quasi-official attitudes toward women have led to a couple of jobs for Shark in the last year. Late in 2014, a woman named Dawn N. Voss filed suit against the club’s “Gateway Chapter” in Southern Illinois. Voss characterized the Iron Order as “a business that has numerous members that congregate and gather together for periodic social gatherings in which said numerous members consume a large amount of alcohol, act hostile, and (are) belligerent with each other.” She complained that she had been beaten with a wooden paddle for sport and she sought damages greater than $150,000. Whitfield replied to the suit on January 28, 2015 after which it disappeared.

The Iron Order was also at the center of an investigation into the death Tonya M. Focht last June 19. Focht, a student at Alvernia University in Reading, was punched in the face and thrown into the path of an oncoming car as, according to published accounts, “two groups of people were fighting in the parking lot of the Bar-B-Q Pit on Penn Avenue in Lower Heidelberg Township.” The “groups” were members of the Reading chapter of the Iron Order and Focht’s boyfriend, a former Reading policeman named Mark Groff. After her death, Groff wrote on his Facebook page that Focht “lost her life…because she was attacked by members of the iron order mc cop club.” He also wrote, “I held Tonya Marie lying in their parking lot trying to save her.”

A month later, IOMC Reading chapter sergeant at arms Wayne “Mo” Ritchie, IOMC Reading chapter member Timothy “Munch” Martin and Groff were all charged with disorderly conduct and the local district attorney ruled that Focht’s death had been an accident.


The Iron Order’s blatant, almost satirical, sexism seems to be a reflection of Lubesky’s insecurities. Lubesky, who had a career as marketing manager for fast food companies, has bragged about being a former hang around with the American Outlaws Association and about besting Outlaws in fist fights.

His braggadocio, which is obviously his most important contribution to the Iron Order, reflects something Jason Nark and William Bender reported in the Philadelphia Daily News in 2011: “Authorities say that the soaring popularity of the Sons of Anarchy TV show – the most watched in FX’s history – could be contributing to a disturbing trend: Weekend warriors, no longer content to simply ride together, are forming small motorcycle clubs and dabbling in the outlaw lifestyle.”

And, as a matter of fact, Lubesky agreed. “That is exactly how and why the Iron Order Motorcycle Club was started…in a garage in Jeffersonville, Indiana,” he wrote in response Nark and Bender’s declaration. “We formed our own club with our own rules. We didn’t care what anyone else thought about us or what bullshit they spread about what we were doing. We swore to stick together and fought internally and externally every threat that came our way. We never backed down and never changed direction because some organization or club criticized and condemned us. We stood our ground and pushed forward whenever and wherever we found like-minded men with iron balls who wanted the same things we did.  We found there were a whole lot of them out there all over the world.” He thought the Daily News made “a strong statement of what was going on in the world of clubs and we happened to pioneer some of it. For that I am profoundly proud.”

In the last 20 months, the Iron Order’s insistence on making its “own rules” in a 70-year-old, well established, generally peaceful, potentially violent subculture has had predictable results. The Iron Order’s actions seem deliberately provocative.

A Little History

In early June 2014, in anticipation of the Laconia Bike Week motorcycle rally in New Hampshire, Lubesky wrote Laconia Police Chief Christopher Adams:

“I represent a law-abiding motorcycle club called the Iron Order MC. I would like to inform you that we will be attending Bike Week in your city this week. We do not support any outlaw motorcycle clubs (1%ers) or abide by their protocol which has caused many problems for our club. We just ask, as free Americans, to be able to ride and be left alone. This is why I am contacting you. I am requesting your assistance. While there, if we encounter any problems with other clubs, can you assist us when we call upon you? Just keep an eye out for the protection of our members. We do our best in security but 1%ers are lowlife, dirty scum who will do anything to harm us. We will cooperate with all law enforcement. Unlike traditional clubs, we will testify when called upon. We will stay only in populated areas where there are witnesses. If you would like we can have our legal department contact you. The person in charge of our legal department is John Whitfield. Our local person in charge is Craig Carbal. His road name while in Laconia will be Playboy. Once again, we thank you for your cooperation in this matter.”

Later that month, in a confrontation that seems to have been contrived by the Iron Order, an Iron Order prospect named Kristopher Stone shot a Black Pistons patch holder named Zachariah “Nas T” Tipton in the head after Tipton punched him in the nose. No one was charged as a result of the homicide although, at a press conference six months later, State Attorney Angela Corey vilified both the Black Pistons and Tipton.

ATF Says

In a report issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Forearms and Explosives in July 2014, ATF analyst Jeremy Sheetz wrote:

“In southern and central Maryland, the Iron Horsemen MC is furious that the Iron Order continues to don a three-piece patch. In the past 2 months, there have been several bloody confrontations between the two. On February 28, 2014, both were involved in a melee at a strip club in Baltimore. Iron Horsemen members were equipped with bats, knives, MagLite flashlights and hammers. Even though nobody was killed, both OMGs suffered major injuries. One week later, as three Iron Order members were idling at a red light in Prince George’s County, they were viciously attacked by several car loads of suspected Iron Horsemen members. Two of the three Iron Order members were severely beaten with bats, ax handles and crow bars. The assailants were not wearing colors or indicia that depicted they were Iron Horsemen members, supporters or associates.

“The Iron Order is one of the fastest growing motorcycle clubs in the United States. Members wear a traditional three-piece patch with a State bottom rocker. The fact that they wear the State bottom rocker has infuriated the HAMC, Outlaws, Iron Horsemen, Pagans and Bandidos. More importantly, many of their members are police and corrections officers, active-duty military and/or government employees and contractors.

“Over the past four years, the Iron Order has had several violent confrontations with each of the aforementioned OMGs. Per the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), in 2013, an Iron Order member was run off the road by a Bandidos member. In Clarksville, Kentucky, the Iron Order and Outlaws have been involved in several violent altercations. On May 14, 2011, HAMC South Carolina Nomads member William Sosebee stabbed an Iron Order member outside a bar in South Carolina. Despite the violence, they continue to move into territory controlled by one of the Dominant Seven.”

Wait There’s More

Later that summer the Iron Order, which recruits heavily among active duty servicemen, was banned at both Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and China Lake Naval Air Station in California. Commanders of both bases described the Iron Order as a “gang.”

The Iron Order had bar fights in Baltimore with members of the Chosen Sons Motorcycle Club in both June 2014 and February 2015. The Chosen Sons was originally founded by Baltimore policemen. It includes policemen in its ranks and it conducts itself as proper outlaws should: which is to say fights are intended to settle things not initiate court cases. Typically Iron Order members testified against Chosen Sons but Chosen Sons did not testify against the Iron Order. Chosen Sons David Criles and Keith Romans were charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and conspiracy. Christopher Jansen was charged with first and second-degree assault, theft and robbery. Criles was a detective with the Baltimore Police Department’s Southeastern District. Romans and Jansen were both retired Baltimore cops.

Three people were wounded outside the Echo Lounge in Meridian, Mississippi on February 28, 2015 in a gunfight between members of the Iron Order and the Pistoleros Motorcycle Club. Whitfield visited Meridian a day after the shooting.

Last December 23, a military policemen at Fort Polk, Louisiana who is also an Iron Order patch holder fired at members of Los Solitarios Motorcycle Club from a moving car in Leesville, Louisiana. The Los Solitarios never filed charges against the the Iron Order members in the car so no one was ever charged. The shooter had previously filed charges against three Los Solitarios following a fist fight at a gas station in Leesville last April 18.

This pattern seems likely to continue.

People And The Beast

In a story published today in the Daily Beast Whitfield told M.L. Nestel “his outnumbered brothers…were forced to duke it out against almost 100 Mongols.”

“They were legitimately scared to death and they did what they had to do,” Whitfield said.

“The reality is these guys feared for their life without a doubt. If you fear for your life it doesn’t make a difference whether you’re a cop or whether you wash dishes at Denny’s,” Shark told Nestel “That’s absolute fantasy.”

Shark also told People magazine, “Our guys were afraid for their lives…. You have almost 60 Mongols that are jumping these guys and they are known to be a one percent club and they don’t care about violence. They were just trying to get out of there. They were convinced they were going to die.”

So far, the Mongols haven’t issued a single press release.


42 Responses to “Still No Arrests In Denver”

  1. old & stoned Says:

    Denver police arrested 17 people following the Bronco’s Super Bowl victory Sunday.

    but they have YET to make ANY arrests in the witnessed MURDER by a Corrections goon from LAST sunday.

  2. Philo_bedo Says:


    Maybe, if the Mongols MC had gone to a fight. But they didn’t. They went to a swap meet, to sell T-shirts. Are you seriously so fucking dense you don’t get that. Or do you simply not care, being that you are almost certainly an IO [email protected], or law dog in general?


  3. Shovelhead Says:

    Everything you say is IO Mantra….

  4. NoClub Says:

    Clubs pride themselves on being such a bunch of badasses who go by their own (club) rules, live outside “the law”, and enforce their own rules on others who have nothing to do with their so-called “clubs” …. then whine like a bunch of little bitches when “the law” doesn’t protect them from others doing the same. Cracks me up.

  5. Shovelhead Says:

    Pulling a gun during a fist fight is a sign of cowardice, plain and simple.
    You IO pussies need to change your name to “Iron Cowards” Your center patch could be a Yellow Streak!

  6. NoClub Says:

    Don’t bring fists & knives to a gunfight.

  7. The 1 Who got away Says:

    It’s ashame that I retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years. To think that the enemy of the state is the Urine Odor. CGAR is a bitch LtCol in the Army. Btw, the Iron Maidens are a good time. Wonder if they figured out what the salty taste in their Ol Lady’s mouth is.

    Fuck IO forever

  8. Lost Cause Says:

    Mr. Kong Dong has a Pinterest page. Look at what he likes: GUNS and ALCOHOL, the same mixture that ultimately led to the shooting. There’s likely something on there about gay porn as well.

  9. JaxNOLA Says:

    AP picked up story

    Fast-growing motorcycle group is largely for law enforcement

  10. Dasein Says:

    Interesting times. There wouldn’t have been a fake bike club 70 years ago, that’s for sure, even 20. What’s different about now, and apparently the last 10 years or so, is the exponential increase in the general fakery of everything. The “news”, mostly lies, politics, fake celebrity worship (the kardashians are famous because they’re famous) the hipster so-called coolness, the heavily tattooed homely girls, not to mention artificial food, phony “country music,” the list goes on. The iron order is basically kanye west on a bike, with a gun, and a badge.

  11. RLG Says:

    RE the MC patch of the io, some feds got together and minted their own patch set and gave it to themselves.

    Kinda like the guys that buy army uniforms at the surplus store, shave their heads and head down to the mall.

  12. old & stoned Says:

    what looks like, bear with me then i’ll shut up for a while, the CoC who took the pic says it was ‘after the first shot’. Stubbs asserts, and i imagine he vetted this with witnesses, that this was before Mr Mendoza was shot. i believe both true which brings up several points.

    i’m going to assume duran pulled his pistol, started firing, but only got off 1 chambered round, being as the clip had been removed. assuming also from all accounts of his level of intoxication, he was coaxed into removing the clip as he got drunker, forgetting to clear the weapon also. he’s ushered up the stairs, and we see what in his left hand? no doubt he popped the clip, turned and popped at least 3 more – there has been no mention of number of guns fired, casings recovered, just ‘multiple guns recovered’.

    if true, he is being led AWAY from the alleged ‘threat’ – where is the fear of imminent danger? it was over, until HE became the danger.

    and, most important, if he’s reloading, walking away, and returns to “re-engage” – he’s premeditating murder.

    from ‘unsubstantiated sources’ the io’s ‘race card’ they tried to play threw the first punch

    ok, shuttin’ up now.

  13. Paladin Says:

    In an Associated Press article, dated Feb. 02 1016 @ 5:50 pm., written by Sadie Gurman, John C. Whitfield stated the following:

    “We wanted to kind of change the dynamics of the motorcycle world,” Whitfield said. A lot of members like the three-piece patch for its “cool factor,” he said. “There’s a little bit of danger that kicks in, and it kind of makes these weekend warriors feel like they are a little bit dangerous. But we’re not.”

    I think the rheostat on that “little bit of danger” is going to be turned up just a “little bit”.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  14. old & stoned Says:

    it’s beyond what those piss ants say about themselves. the will continue to plead “we feared for our lives” every time, when the simple fact of them being either combat / LE / CO who CHOOSE to don apparel signifying “ALPHA”. even sporting signifiers that they are ARMED, as was Duran, they can not get away with claiming “fear of life”

    nothing will change until the ‘clout’ whitfield has access to is unmasked.

  15. Meh Says:

    Denver Post cites Rebel!

    “The Iron Order calls itself a law-abiding club, setting itself apart from others linked to criminal activity. That proclamation has been questioned.”

  16. In the Know Says:

    my previous post should have said IO, not OI so were clear in whom i’m speaking of

  17. In the Know Says:

    as I’ve said before and will continue to say, these OI fags were set up as LE in a club to incite fights and battles and to have law enforcement to cover their backs and dirty trails of deceit. fucking dirty scum bags, every last one of them, same as the new Iron Legacy and those other douche bags Defiant Crew, made up of ex OI shit bags that have no clue what its like to earn and keep this 1%er diamond i wear with honor and pride

  18. Meh Says:

    Kat O’Connel wrote:
    “Who gave these assholes their MC patch, and why haven’t they yanked it?”

    No award required to wear whatever (Constitutionally legal) expression someone can physically defend.

    Yanking them is RICO bait and be sure all their lawyers are versed in RICO.

  19. Tango 1%er Says:

    Condolences to the Mongol Nation, hopefully the urine odour get what they deserve.

    These girl scouts don’t deserve to wear a patch, where we earned ours through loyalty love honour commitment and brotherhood, these cowards pay a fee and get their badge in the post. And I call it a badge and not a patch because what they’re wearing on their backs is no different to the HOG or TOMCC.

    MLHR to all those that deserve it, the rest go earn it.

  20. Drew151 Says:

    From my own very limited observations and Rebel’s writings I have come to the conclusion that eventually the MCs out there will continue to evolve into even stronger organizations as they address what has become the newest threat to their survival. What they have in their favor is undying loyalty and love of their brothers earned through long apprenticeships and years of close association and as Rebel has written, A CODE of HONOR ! It is a very shortsighted group who will provoke such groups because if a point of honor is treated with disrespect it is “game on” ! MCs are very patient, intelligent and calculating adversaries especially when provoked…and to quote Billy Jack ,”when policemen break the law there is no law” ! That is a very , very different battlefield !

  21. Bean Says:

    So let me see if I get this right. It appears we have a government sanctioned, vigilante “motorcycle club”. My apologies to all true brotherhood of MC’s for having to use that term for IO. They seem to have full legal authority to take out any biker they deem unsuitable to the world of rumble. Seems to me every riding mofo better stand up against the vigilantes and their merry band of maidens or you might as well plan on planting your ass at the back of the pack behind these asswipes

  22. Kat O'Connell Says:

    Where I come from, the MC patch is earned, and only given by the predominate MC club in that area. Who gave these assholes their MC patch, and why haven’t the yanked it?

  23. PastLife Says:

    Me thinks the Urine Odor has swatted a hornets nest.

  24. Punisher Keeper Says:

    Wow!! wake up Joe public… They’re working on, Government domination.

  25. panamaa Says:

    Good piece Rebel…


  26. Amanda Rekenwith Says:

    Stark contrast with Waco. No arrests vs. “Let’s arrest ALL y’all.” Neither has integrity.

  27. Pepper wood Says:

    I bet if it was 2 different 1% clubs fighting the cops on patrol would have shot as many as they could plus dozen’s in cuffs. Guarantee ATF , Swat , and whatever other diff police agencies. We’re there being few different 1% clubs were attending the event. Fuk . Law and Order mc

  28. ipsick Says:

    “In a story published today in the Daily Beast Whitfield told M.L. Nestel “his outnumbered brothers…were forced to duke it out against almost 100 Mongols.”

    Crap, now it’s “almost 100” Mongols. By the weekend it’ll be 500 as it seems to go up everytime this asswipe talks.

    Also, weren’t they IO’s who beat up the college kid in Arizona?

  29. Meh Says:

    Whatever one can justly say about IO being toxic, they aren’t losing. Being “spineless cowards and pigs” isn’t slowing them down much if at all, and they consider piggery an asset.

    They are tethered goats with a very large government alligator behind them.

    There are lots of them, enough to take casualties. Their leadership can afford to lose a few pawns.

    They are allowed to murder at will because to the public, biker lives do NOT matter. The public are generally fine with bikers getting dead which they relentlessly demonstrate by funding pork ops against bikers.

    Biker opposition can’t stop the problem on its own, but it is a public problem too like any police corruption.

  30. Ol'man approved Says:

    Waco PD needed no probable cause to hold 170 plus outstanding brothers & sisters. Denver PD has a picture & name of the jackass that brandished & shot a gun yet not arrested..go figure? The “law enforcement community” sticks together,well, so do we! Territory is not a state,club,city,chapter issue now it’s a lifestyle issue (ours) and they have not a clue about it! Sending my condolences to the Mongol Nation from Deep in the Heart of Texas.

    Some Dumb Ol’Lady with an opinion

  31. Ol' School Says:

    What I’ve learned in this lifestyle ,nobody rides for free.Stay in it long enuf & the Righteous will always prevail.You cant go to war with all the Clubs & win,dumb asses.
    Respect to All that have earned it,

  32. Phuquehed Says:

    The Urine Odor – The club of spineless cowards and pigs. Oops…I suppose that’s redundant.

  33. FF Says:

    @Hose-A 1%er

    Love, Peace and Respect.

    Frequent Flyer

  34. stephen Says:

    If the 1% MC really want to take these fools on the 1% clubs need to start picking the time and the place and when it happens there are no patches worn or any insignia and faces covered they the IO can’t point the finger at anyone it is either that or keep getting killed.

    The bitter pill to swallow is at the moment the IO are winning and the 1% need to change tactics.

  35. old & stoned Says:

    i’m sorry, but when you put on a 3 piece vest belonging to a ‘gang’ full of professional gunslingers, you can’t claim “we feared for our lives” when you encounter fisticuffs. these clowns have ‘allegedly’ been trained in non-lethal supression techniques, when to fire and NOT, AND how NOT to get trapped by aggressors in the first place.

    claiming 6 vs 100, yea sure. and they were all 12 feet tall and purple. with big horns too.

    i said it before, ‘blessed’ by ‘someone’s’ Teflon

  36. Parsifal Says:

    urine odor – lipstick pigs is still just lipstick pigs, always gonna be pigs under that make-up.


  37. Lady Says:

    The I.O. has taken on the Outlaws, the Black Pistons and now the Mongols, all for the sake of wanting to be something that they will never be. In the process they have been allowed to murder at will with absolutely no punishment or backlash for anything that they have done. They are allowed to continue to keep their jobs and to keep their weapons with no mark what so ever on their record, and even get called hero’s. How many of their children have watched their behavior and think that this is ok to go out and take someone’s life just because you do not like how they live? Isn’t that teaching your child that it is ok to murder anyone that you do not like or that is different from you, and wasn’t this the same type of behavior that almost all of the serial killers out their are deemed to have? There is now not one, not two, but three very powerful Clubs that could unite their forces together and with their knowledge bring this to an end. I know I have heard they have also took on other Clubs, which I am not sure if they would be willing to join with these Clubs but to me it would seem the more the better. The I.O. may have this one legal guy that seems to be able to get his way no matter where he goes, but if these Clubs unite their legal teams, I’m sure that they will be able to figure out how this guy is getting evidence quashed.

    Much Respect,

  38. Punisher Keeper Says:

    There is no where to hide from the “MONGOL HORDE, WORLD WIDE”

  39. Meh Says:

    Denver reporters don’t appear to know Iron Order history. Perhaps during his inquiries Rebel might care to enlighten them.

    Journalists have a different attitude to other credible, published professionals than some shmuck off the street. (No offense to smucks intended.)

  40. Hose-A 1%er Says:

    It should come as no surprise that these pigs are are covering each others asses.With the history of urine order and the conflicts all around the country.Everyone knows these clowns play dress up and start shit then when the shit hits the fan they pull out guns and badges.They is no easy solution for these ass wipes given they are all covering each other and they feel like they have a free reign to do whatever.
    Condolences to The Mongol Nation and the family of there lost Brother
    Hose-a 1%er Pagan’s M.c. retired FTF & urine order


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