Alleged Mongols Murderers Arrested

December 30, 2011

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Two suspects have been apprehended in the murder of two members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club last August. The suspects have been identified as 22-year-old twin brothers Mando and Armando Lopez. The two men were apprehended separately by Las Cruces, New Mexico police and U.S. Marshall’s Deputies. They are being held in the Dona Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces on $2 million bail.

The two Mongols the twins are accused of murdering are Ruben Sanchez and Angel Rodriguez (pictured above.) Sanchez was 34 and Rodriguez was 30.

Sanchez and Rodriguez were shot about 1:50 a.m. on August 7 in an alley behind a bar called Club Azul in Los Banos, California. Police went to the bar in response to a complaint of a large fight at 1:46 a.m. Police said they heard “several shots” when they arrived at Club Azul and saw people running from the alley. Sanchez and Rodriguez were pronounced dead where they lay.

Nortenos

At the time of the murders Los Banos police said the shooting was “gang related. News reports identified the dead men as members of the “Mongols gang.”

Los Banos Police Chief Gary Brizzee told Corey Pride of the Los Banos Enterprise yesterday that the murders had nothing to do with the dead men’s membership in the Mongols. Brizzee called it “an altercation between members of rival criminal street gangs and they (Sanchez and Rodriguez) got involved.”

El Paso, Texas television station KTSM reported Thursday that the Lopez twins are members of the “Norteno gang.” The Nortenos, Northeners or Northern Mexicans are a coalition of neighborhood cliques in California north of Bakersfield. Neither KTSM nor Los Banos police identified the cliques.

Operation Red Zone

The Lopez brothers are from Los Banos, a city with a population of about 36,000 in Merced County. Police have also named Joe Castillo and Francisco Esquivel as suspects in the Club Azul shooting. They are also both from Los Banos. Police describe them as “known gang members.”

June 7, two months before Sanchez and Rodriguez were killed, local police and California Department of Justice agents carried out “Operation Red Zone.” According to the press release for the “Operation”, which was datelined Los Banos:

“Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the arrests of 101 leaders and members of two transnational gangs operating violent criminal enterprises in the Central Valley cities of Madera, Los Banos, Livingston, Merced, Atwater and Dos Palos.

“‘As transnational gangs traffic crime into California, we must counter their ruthlessness with our resolve,’ said Attorney General Harris. ‘The arrest of dozens of transnational gang leaders and members frees California from a significant criminal threat.’

“The operation, code-named ‘Red Zone,’ was led by Attorney General Harris’ Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement office in Fresno. It is the latest in a series of actions the Attorney General has taken against transnational gangs.”

Thirty of the people arrested in the “Operation” were from Los Banos. Whatever the law enforcement stunt was supposed to accomplish, it did not make Los Banos safer or more peaceful.

 

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10 Responses to “Alleged Mongols Murderers Arrested”

  1. 916suckafree Says:

    I Aint on either side but have been around 1%ers and northerners…thats a bad deal on both ends.. But. If u live up north dont expect to beat the northerners. They are deep n lives dont mean shit to stripe earners.. Be safe out there everyone that is in the funk

  2. sylmnorcal Says:

    Fuck u and your norte this u guys are a bunch of rats that hide when approach remember that restpect is earned not given so start by showing us some repect u little fucken punk!!

  3. coalinga NORTE Says:

    fuck all who oppose the NORTE

  4. proud 14 Says:

    They entered that var with intentions of bad deeds … So fuck em

  5. Gus Says:

    Rip Durango and Surdo may you guys ride forever in peace!love and respect MONGOLS MC

  6. Rashomon Says:

    Looks like they just grabbed the last guy today.

  7. NOGOOD MFFM Says:

    RIDE IN PEACE BROTHERS!

  8. BIG DOZER 1%ER Says:

    Killed by cowards!! RIDE IN PEACE MY BROTHERS WITH CHAPTER 13 GOD FORGIVES MONGOLS DON’T!!

  9. remaining nameless in o.c. Says:

    payback is a bitch…proud member for life r.i.p. to all brothers in chapter 13 HUAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. skunk Says:

    MAY THE BROTHERS RIDE IN PEACE. MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT TO ALL UP NORTH BROTHERS. STAY STRONG AND KEEP NOR CAL OURS…HUAH.

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