The Anti-Bandido

January 23, 2019

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The Anti-Bandido

Javier Gonzalez, the Army deserter and Kinfolk Motorcycle Club member (above right) who shot up a bar full of Bandidos in El Paso on July 30, 2017 testified yesterday that he had to do it. Gonzalez is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity with an underlying charge of murder.

Gonzalez wounded four men named Juan “Compa” Martinez Jr., Ballardo Salcido, Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera and David Villalobos. Martinez died on August 3.

A Little Literature

The Kinfolk was founded in February 2016 by a former Bandidos national officer named Dan “Chopper Dan” Schild. The story behind the foundation of the Kinfolk is reminiscent of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. Milton’s 1667 masterpiece retells the Old Testament story of the angel Lucifer, who leads a rebellion against God. Lucifer loses. God condemns him and his rebel angels to Hell. In Milton’s version Lucifer lands on his feet. He changes his name to Satan and consoles himself with the declaration:

Here we may reign secure, and in my choyce
To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n

Schild quit the Bandidos the month after former Bandidos president Jeff Pike, former vice-president John Portillo and former Bandido sergeant-at-arms Justin Cole Forster were arrested and charged with racketeering. Schild thought he should lead the Bandidos. Bandido Bill Sartelle became club president instead. So Schild and other rebel Bandidos founded the Kinfolk and eagerly sought recruits. From its beginning, the Kinfolk existed to antagonize the Bandidos.

Bad Blood

The confrontation that killed Compa Martinez, who was a Bandidos chapter president, began after two Kinfolk patch holders named Manuel Gallegos (above left) and Derek Mercado walked into a bar named Mulligan’s Chopped Hog. There were eight Bandidos or Bandidos supporters in the bar. They told the Kinfolk to leave. Gallegos replied by punching Martinez. A one-side fight ensued. At the climax of the brawl, Javier Gonzalez rushed into the bar and opened fire with a nine millimeter pistol. He shot Compa Martinez seven times.

It was the fifth violent confrontation between members of the two clubs in five months.

Yesterday, Javier Gonzalez told a jury his version of what happened.

It Was Like This

He said he had previously belonged to a Bandidos support club and had felt mistreated. “They were like peons for the Bandidos. ‘Get me a beer, watch my bike…. I saw the monopoly of telling people what to do and beating people up.” He accused the Bandidos of profiting from a motorcycle rights organization called the Texas Coalition of Clubs and Independents.

He quit the Bandidos support club but “missed the brotherhood” and felt lonely. He said he “was very depressed” when he joined the Kinfolk. He described his new club brothers as “independent people who didn’t want to be under the thumb of anybody.”

Gonzalez said he went to the bar after he got a telephone call from Mercado who told him, “Hey, come over here to Mulligan’s, they are about to attack us.”

He said he opened fire because “I feared for my life.” The Bandidos “were about to circle us. They were lunging forward toward us.”

After he shot Martinez seven times in self defense and escaped the menacing Bandidos, Gonzalez abandoned his motorcycle and lost the helmet he had worn during the shooting. He stripped off his Kinfolk vest and patch because he “was a walking target with that vest on.”

He eventually he dropped his pistol, found a place to hide and called a friend to pick him up. The friend drove him to his parents home where he retrieved his truck and drove to Arizona to “clear” his head.

He was arrested three days later, after he returned to his parents’ home.

The case will go to the jury today.

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14 Responses to “The Anti-Bandido”

  1. Penguin Says:

    @panamaa I checked, you’re right, Groucho. Also Woody Allen. But I am also pretty sure Twain said it first. Whatever the provenance, it’s true. Sometimes I wish it were not. And if these were the 1950’s and I were say, 20, I would have joined…there were suggestions, invitations, in the 1970’s, but even then the winds blew from the darkness and the attack and liquidation of low hanging fruit by a growing police state was obvious. Alas, alone and in disguise…and 100 pounds lighter than I was in my prime, ie far too old to change.

    Rebel does me a favor by running his site, as otherwise I’d never know how things go.

    I think that the decline in moral character generally in the USA has been obvious since the mutinies in Vietnam. Not that those are causal, rather they are symptoms. Anyway when History is written the slogan for these times might be “I feel fine when I drop a dime”…not an auspicious time to join any club, motorcycle or otherwise. The clubs have in some cases failed to keep standards, as we all know. This is, I suspect, because of the circumstances, not the basic material. Men are still men. The good times did roll, but not now.

  2. panamaa Says:

    Penguin……… Groucho Marx…

    Regards…

  3. Neuro Says:

    Wesley Dale Mason on trial in Jones County for murder in the death of Dusty Childress on 3/4/17.

  4. RIDER 1 Says:

    This would not have happened if someone had gave a shit and did a background check on this POS but then again that club was known for taking in undesirables. He should have been sitting in Leavenworth or back in the Army when these crimes occurred.

    RIDER 1

  5. Penguin Says:

    Sometimes I ask myself why I never join…ride alone and in disguise…never have joined…and then seeing stuff like this reminds me that some of us are like Mark Twain…[we] I wouldn’t want to join any club that would have me as a member…

    US Army deserter? That alone…

  6. Abilene mouse. Says:

    We have a trial going on here as well.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Sometimes you aint lastin because you were blastin. Have fun in TDC sucker.

  8. freebird Says:

    Army deserter

    If you can’t trust the guy in the foxhole with you, who the fuck would want to be a club brother with this lema delta…… in my time that was the call sign for a limp dick who had a hat profile

    Good times…..

  9. What ever Says:

    Was it not kinsman and Bandidos that became Mongols? Which way are we going now?

  10. Phuquehed Says:

    Poster bois for the term ‘Stupid Should Hurt’, and since they are kidpoke assholes, rats as well.

  11. jrino Says:

    Is this an example of the late innings of MC’s. All because one group and another wants to play Billy bad ass? And the Government will eat it up! The Japs have a word “mokusatsu” it means to kill by silence. That might be a better solution to the joke “two kinfolk walk into a bar”

  12. Suncity Says:

    GBNF Compa!! payback in TDC awaits Mr. Gonzalez

  13. Jimmy Says:

    Bandidos did the same at gators jam inn.

  14. freebird Says:

    One thing is for sure, he was coached to slip in misinformation

    If anyone thinks for a second he pulled the COCI statement out of his ass they fell and hit their head….

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