Photo: top row, l-r -Meza, Rodriguez, Findley, Luttrell; bottom, l-r- Carrillo, Shurtz and Franco
The night of September 7th, Fresno County SWAT was called to the 3200 block of East Belmont Avenue in Fresno, the location of a motorcycle clubhouse gathering.
Hours before SWAT showed up, 31-year old Rey Rodriguez was observed walking around the area with a handgun in his waistband.
The person who observed him was a detective of the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC). When the detective attempted to make contact with Rodriguez, he made his way into the clubhouse where other members eventually closed and locked the iron gate, refusing to allow the detective and his colleagues contact with Rodriguez.
After continued resistance from the members to allow detectives entry, Fresno County Sheriff’s SWAT Team served a granted search warrant at the clubhouse. 43 people were detained, 7 were arrested, and 3 handguns were confiscated, including the one that started it all.
The arrests were as follows:
Rey Rodriguez, 31, of Fresno: facing charges of carrying a firearm as a gang member and a misdemeanor of obstructing an investigation.
Stephen Meza, 58, of Tulare: facing charges of carrying a loaded, stolen firearm and carrying a firearm as a gang member.
Skylar Shurtz, 26, of Fresno: faces a charge for an outstanding arrest warrant for DUI.
All seven were booked into the Fresno County Jail.
Photo from FCSO