Police in Las Vegas forcibly entered and searched the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club clubhouse this morning at dawn.
Video on the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, KLAS Channel 8, showed the front door of the red and white, two story tract house on Torrey Pines Drive near Washington Avenue had been kicked in. A SWAT Team also demolished the red garage door. The clubhouse is about five miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Five other residences in Las Vegas and Henderson were simultaneously raided and searched.
A Las Vegas Metro Police spokesman, Lt. Dave Logue was quoted by the Associated Press (AP) as claiming the raids were related to “the wedding chapel stabbings as well as another current investigation regarding our local Hells Angels club. We were looking for specific items…including business records.” The search warrants are sealed and no arrests were made.
An unidentified police spokesman later told the AP that “the Hells Angels have been a presence in Las Vegas for decades and that includes an estimated 900 motorcycle gang members and their associates living in Las Vegas.” The spokesman did not define what he meant when he uttered the noise “associate.”
Special Memory Knife Fight
Last December 20th Mongols and Hells Angels fought with knives at the Special Memory Wedding Chapel in downtown Las Vegas after the chapel manager inadvertently scheduled a Mongols wedding right after a Hells Angels wedding. The Mongols groom was stabbed three times in the stomach. The best man was also stabbed. The bride, of course, was not harmed.
At the time, Chapel owner Joshua Gust, told Las Vegas television station KTNV that the knife fight was just bad luck. “There’s 100,000 weddings a year in Las Vegas and how many across the world. To have two groups that close together, I think that is very odd,” Gust said.
“We were friggin’ attacked,” the groom told KTNV. “We defended ourselves the best we could. It’s real hard to do when you are outnumbered that bad. But that is alright.”
“I would like to say, the police and certain people are putting it out there that we did something wrong,” the groom added. “That’s not what it is. I came here to get married. I didn’t even know that other people were here.”
The Secretive Police
As is always the case, as was the case today, Vegas Metro tried to keep as many details of the brawl as possible secret. Until talking to a Gangland producer six months after the fight, police refused to release even the most basic information about that night including the two clubs involved, the names of the combatants or the extent of their injuries.
“We have some video that we are reviewing,” Metro Police Lieutenant Richard Fletcher admitted last December. “It won’t be released at this time. It has been turned over to detectives.”
A Metro Officer named Barbara Morgan confirmed this afternoon that police are continuing their investigation, into whatever it is they are investigating, using whatever it was they broke down doors to find, if they actually found whatever it was they thought they might find and will continue to do that without comment.