FRESNO – Police arrested four members of a new motorcycle gang in connection to the beating of two men outside a nightclub last month.
The incident happened on March 7 outside the Crossroads nightclub in central Fresno. A graphic video posted by a reported gang member on Facebook helped lead to the arrests. On the video, a man is seen curled up on the ground while being violently kicked by one of the suspects.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer said that social media was “very helpful in this case” and that the police department will continue to monitor social media sites every day.
The four Malos Hechos members, all Fresno residents, were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon related to the beating. They were identified as Apolinio, Martinez, 40, Daniel Telles, 25, Christopher Martinez Jr., 21, and Christopher Martinez Sr., 42.
“These are individuals that are extremely violent and they operate in numbers, like most cowards do,” Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
Although weapons were not involved in the beating, Dyer said that the kicking was classified as assault with a deadly weapon because it could have caused severe injuries and even death. Both victims recovered from their injuries.
Police are trying to get Malos Hechos, which was formed last November, classified as an outlaw gang. So far, they have identified 15 of its members, seven of whom are Bulldog gang members, Dyer said.
Another one of its members was identified as being involved in an illegal chop shop operation in February in southeast Fresno.
Dyer said that the motorcycle group is involved in drug sales, firearms possession, and possibly firearms sales.
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