Bikers Face Charges in Fatal Nev. Brawl
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Two more members of the Hells Angels were indicted Friday on federal racketeering charges related to a deadly 2002 biker brawl in a casino hotel.
The men are accused of conspiring to assault and attempting to kill nine members of a rival gang, the Mongols, at an annual motorcycle rally held near the Nevada-Arizona line about 100 miles south of Las Vegas.
Jason Peterson, 31, was arrested in San Francisco, and Richard Fabel, 48, was arrested at his home in Spokane, Wash., said Natalie Collins, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Las Vegas.
Peterson and Fabel are each charged with 19 counts of violence in aid of federal racketeering and 13 counts of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
The men are among 44 charged in the bloody melee between rival motorcycle gangs at Harrah’s Laughlin hotel-casino that left three dead.
Two Hells Angels and one Mongol died in the brawl, much of which was caught on casino surveillance tapes. A third was shot to death later on a highway 115 miles west of Laughlin.
All 44 defendants are scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on Nov. 16 and 17. A trial for 10 of the defendants is set for January.