El Paso Assassination Attempt

August 1, 2017

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El Paso Assassination Attempt

Three Bandidos and a member of a Bandidos support club were shot in an East El Paso bar called Mulligan’s Chopped Hog about 9:30 Sunday night.

The victims included Juan Martinez, who has been widely reported to be the president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club’s El Paso chapter. The other victims were Ballardo Salcido, Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera and David Villalobos.

An El Paso detective named Mike Baranyay called it a “targeted, one gang versus another gang,” attack. Members of the Bandidos in El Paso have been involved in a succession of violent encounters with members of a motorcycle club named Los Traviesos El Chuco. El Chuco is a Spanish nickname for El Paso. Police have not named Los Traviesos as one of the “gangs” involved in the incident.

No Arrests

According to the official narrative, an argument ensued when members of the two clubs encountered each other in the bar. After the argument turned physical, a gunman walked in and opened fire on the Bandidos, which police described as a “rival gang.” The gunman escaped on foot. Police have not issued a description. No one has been arrested.

Martinez is currently charged with one count of engaging in organized criminal activity and is free on a $75,000 bond. The charge was made after Martinez and other Bandidos allegedly tried to steal the vests of two Los Traviezos patch holders named Gerardo “DJ” Quesada and Edward Delgado at a restaurant named Hot Chicks Wing House on August 3, 2016.

As is usually the case, El Paso police have been tight lipped about the ongoing friction between the Bandidos and Los Traviezos. Los Traviezos appeared in late 2013, about the same time the Mom and Pop Cossacks Motorcycle Club reinvented itself as a would-be one percenter club. Like the Cossacks and the Iron Order, Los Traviezos is loudly hostile to the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents.


In June 2015, two weeks after the Waco Biker Brawl, police interrupted a Confederation of Clubs meeting in El Paso in order to arrest a Bandido accused of assaulting a Traviezos. The raid occurred just as the confederation was presenting $4,000 check to the Alzheimer’s Association.

As of last November, 11 members of the Bandidos and Brass Knuckles had been arrested for the assault of Quesada and Delgado a year ago. The investigation is formally being conducted by local police and the Texas Department of Public Safety but is being supervised by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

One of those 11 suspects is a Brass Knuckle Motorcycle Club member named Loren Jay Bingaman. Last year Bingaman’s home was searched by Texas DPS agents and active duty military personnel stationed at nearby Fort Bliss. According to an affidavit signed by ATF Sepcial Agent Adrian Armendariz, the search discovered “151 training grenade blasting caps,” “four military type flares” and “an AK style closed bolt rifle” which a second, unnamed ATF agent, “based on his training and experience determined it to be a machinegun.” Bingaman was subsequently charged with possessing a machine gun.

This story was published on August 1, 2016 and edited slightly on August 2 to remove one of two references to the Brass Knuckles Motorcycle Club.


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12 Responses to “El Paso Assassination Attempt”

  1. meh Says:

    “Training grenade blasting caps” (grenade fuses, same as used on legal smoke grenades) are now ATF regulated because of the tiny amount of their particular explosive. (I should remember the compound but it was nearly ten years back.)

    I wanted to buy some training smokes for a legit military contract-related project then found I’d need a fucking explosive handler license not for the smokes, but the fucking fuses!

    What this means is if you own live typical military grenade fuses which were FORMERLY LEGAL for anyone to possess and you don’t have an explosive handler license, you are now a criminal because of that chemical.

    There’s more discussion of this nonsense in gun forums if ya need details, and of course fired fuse assemblies remain legal to possess.

  2. david Says:

    The sad sacks who comprise the money-establishment “media”, use the word “coverage” for a self-interested real good reason. In their attempt to “cover” UP all that’s really happening in their self-admitted “cover-AGE”, the bastards still cannot fool all the people, all the time.

  3. Dutchboy Says:

    RWB & What Ever, thanks for your insights. RWB,you were a Boom Boy Leatherneck? RESPECTS! I’m crazy but I ain’t “Playing-with-booby-trapped-ordinance-Jarhead” crazy! Thank you for your service.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    This went up an hour ago, shooter from mulligans arrested.


    News says the shooter is kinfolk.

  5. Hero Says:

    This guy must be in the military for them to search his house. All of the things that happened last weekend right after the Texas DPS report is going to have an effect on Waco and the first trial. Bad timing for the community, Great timing for the government case. More media coverage to keep it fresh in potential jury’s minds. Get the citizens to form their on lynch mob justice? That the plan here? Just shitty all the way around.

  6. What ever Says:

    I was thinking the same thing, but if some of what was recovered is army property, they will send itheir people looking for it

  7. RWB Says:

    Dutchboy – Because military ordinance was suspected, the local military’s help was likely asked for. Having worked in EOD in the Marine Corps, we were frequently called out for support on search warrants when military ordinance was either suspected or found. We did not do any law enforcement work, only render safe operations on military ordinance. We typically wouldn’t even get involved with non-mil devices (such as a pipe bomb) just because of the political ramifications. Aside from the rifle, the other items found in the search here were nothing that a local PD’s Bomb Squad couldn’t handle.

  8. Dutchboy Says:

    Bingaman’s home was searched by cops AND MILITARY? WTF OVER? Is Posse Comitatis no longer the law? Was he in base housing?

  9. rw Says:

    Thought I read somewhere they had cop members just like the copsacs

  10. John Smith Says:

    A bit of the information you got from your sources is wrong. BKMC no longer exists in El Paso. The other non-Bandido was from a support club in El Paso. Also, though some here no who the pussy was that shot these Bandidos and a support club member it may have been the Kinfolk or retaliation from the Santa Fe incident. time will tell.

  11. TX_Biker Says:

    Los Traviezos went to the cops? Then they are not an MC. Just another group of bitches.

  12. FF Says:

    Sounds like selective enforcement to me. Could be the travioli are cops?

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