An arrest warrant for Stephen “Skinz” Kinzey (police sketch above), an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at California State University San Bernardino and President of the Mountain Chapter of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club was nullified Tuesday, September 6 after a bondsman posted a $300,000 bail on Kinzey’s behalf.
Kinzey became the protagonist of an internationally reported morality play following an August 26 commando raid on his Highland, California home.
Kinzey has been accused of buying and selling multiple ounces of methamphetamine. His supplier has been reported to be a 30-year-old San Bernardino man named Jeremy Disney. Nine residents of nearby towns have been accused of being his customers. His live-in girlfriend, Holly Robinson, has been accused of being his business partner. San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department officials described Kinzey as the head of a “drug ring.”
Kinzey was tried, convicted and tarred by police at a news conference on September 1.
Officials portrayed Kinzey as particularly dangerous because he is a college professor. Kinzey graduate from Wayne State University in Detroit and earned a Masters Indiana State University and a doctorate from the Univeristy of Toledo. He had taught at San Bernardino State for ten years.
“He’s smarter than the average dealer,” Sheriff’s Detective Jason Rosenbaum said that day. “He was doing what he could to keep it under wraps…. I believe he does have the ability to flee the country because there are (Devils Diciples) chapters in other countries. He also has family out of state.” Rosenbaum accused the Devils Diciples of being a nationwide criminal organization.
San Bernardino Sheriff Rod Hoops said, “I have kids in college and to have an associate professor who is a member of the Devil’s Diciples dealing narcotics is quite alarming. I mean, it’s unusual to say the least…. Hopefully, we can get our main suspect (Kinzey) in custody in the next few days.”
The accusations against Kinzey were the result of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives undercover investigation into motorcycle clubs in San Bernardino County.
Like most accusations made against motorcycle club members, the police case against Kinzey leaned heavily on theatrically arranged trophies that are mostly irrelevant to the charges. The charges against the professor were made by men standing behind a folding table holding Devils Diciples indicia, an SS banner, two sets of brass knuckles and numerous legal firearms as well as several packets containing white powder. Police alleged that one of the firearms is stolen.
Kinzey was immediately abandoned by his university. His name and all references to him were purged from the Kinesiology Department website.
University President Albert T. Karnig issued a statement that read:
“To our knowledge, this is the first notice that anyone on our campus has had regarding this situation. Our university police department and the entire campus community, as relevant, will work as closely as possible with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to assist with the investigation to help assure that all the facts are accurate. If the allegations are indeed true, this is beyond disappointing.”
Police did not learn that Kinzey’s warrant was nullified until Wednesday. San Bernardino Sherriffs reacted as if they thought they had already successfully prosecuted Kinzey.
A Sheriff’s Department representative named Jodi Miller told Brian Rokos of the San Bernardino Press Enterprise that Kinzey had manipulated the system to avoid further public humiliation. “Having gone about it the way that he did, that bail hearing did not occur. That’s how he was able to now be out on bail.”
Miller also told Rokos, “I would say that the detectives involved in the case are obviously frustrated.”
Kinzey’s arraignment is on the docket for November 10.