1 rogue biker causes an hours-long standoff at Fresno “Savage Assassins MC” clubhouse ends with 7 arrests, 43 detained

FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) — UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 – The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office released more information on Monday after a gang enforcement operation over the weekend.

Detectives with the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC) have arrested seven affiliates of a motorcycle club and booked them into the Fresno County Jail.

  • Stephen Meza, 58, of Tulare. He faces felony charges of carrying a loaded, stolen firearm and carrying a firearm as a gang member.
  • Rey Rodriguez, 31, of Fresno. He faces a felony charge of carrying a firearm as a gang member and a misdemeanor of obstructing an investigation.
  • Jason Findley, 42, of Selma. He faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an investigation.
  • Sonny Luttrell, 36, of Chowchilla. He faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an investigation.
  • Anthony Carrillo, 32, of Fresno. He faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an investigation.
  • Skylar Shurtz, 26, of Fresno. He had an outstanding arrest warrant for DUI.
  • Vanessa Franco, 41, of Fresno. She faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an investigation.

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According to the sheriff’s department, on the evening of September 7th, a MAGEC detective was on the 3200 block of E. Belmont Ave. when he saw a man carrying a handgun in his waistband. This man was later identified as Rey Rodriguez.

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Detectives say they attempted to contact Rodriguez, but he avoided them by going inside a clubhouse.

As more MAGEC detectives arrived to help contact Rodriguez, they say other members at the property closed and locked an iron gate and refused to allow detectives inside. Due to a lack of cooperation, a search warrant was authored and the Fresno County Sheriff’s SWAT team was called in to serve it.

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Several hours after this call first began, SWAT was able to contact and detain 43 people who were in and around the building.

Seven people were arrested and three handguns were found, including the firearm Rodriguez was originally seen carrying.

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Anyone with additional information on this case can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111 or magec@fresnosheriff.org You may also contact Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or http://www.valleycrimestoppers.org You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Eight people were arrested on Saturday after an hours-long standoff at a motorcycle gang clubhouse came to an end, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.Fresno biker club Hours-long standoff at Fresno biker clubhouse ends with 8 arrests, 42 detained

It all started at around 6 p.m. on Saturday, when anti-gang enforcement deputies were investigating weapon offenses and possible gang members at the Savage Assassins motorcycle clubhouse near Belmont and First.

Deputies say they spotted a man standing outside of the clubhouse with a gun on him.

Members of S.W.A.T. arrived to the scene and started exiting their vehicles. (Photo: FOX26)

The man ran back into the clubhouse and deputies followed him in, but left after a verbal confrontation took place inside.

Since the man had a gun, S.W.AT. was called out to the scene, leading to an hours-long standoff.


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After receiving a search warrant, deputies started ordering people out of the clubhouse, one by one.

One man came out with a gun and was arrested by police without incident.

Eight people were arrested and 42 others were detained while deputies began to search the clubhouse.

Members of the motorcycle gang were detained as anti-gang enforcement officers searched the clubhouse. (Photo: FOX26)

One woman with a heart condition was taken from the scene to Community Regional Medical Center, police say she was not injured during the standoff.

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The man who was seen outside of the clubhouse with a gun was arrested for being a felon with a firearm.

Once everyone was out, officers began to search the clubhouse.

The search continued until around 3 a.m. on Sunday.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and MAGEC operate on what they call a “Threat Matrix”.

The Sheriff’s Office explained, everything goes into a formula based on what deputies know about a place, the people inside, and the likelihood there are weapons present.

If that threat score rises to a certain level. SWAT is automatically called out.

Source: Fox26 News