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Los Payasos MC expands into Arizona
Submitted by IRONCLAD on Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:09pm
Bone County - The Los Payasos Motorcycle Club based out of Bone County, San Andreas may have just secured a second chapter.
Residents of Scottsdale, Arizona have reportedly seen several Los Payasos patched members riding around the party city as recent as last week. These sightings coincide with Bruce Rogers, President of the Bone County chapter, having been spotted in Arizona two weeks prior. Scottsdale Police Department confirmed that Rogers, 42, met with a Los Payaso nomad, Leonardo “Mexican Len” Gonzales multiple times during his visit.
“We’re always keeping tabs on people of interest in relation to motorcycle gangs. We were tipped off by deputies in San Andreas and kept an eye on him while he was in Scottsdale,” said Officer Hamilton of the Scottsdale Police Gang Task Force.
Authorities are alleging that Rogers has given the go ahead to Gonzales to set up his own chapter in Scottsdale. Gonzales, 45, is known to police as he had been arrested in 2009 for armed robbery. He served five years of his seven year sentence.
Leonardo Gonzales, left, and Bruce Rogers, right,
at a meetup in Las Payasadas 2015.
Los Payasos, a one percenter club, originally founded in 2001 by Wayne Mackey, is quickly becoming a dominant club in San Andreas. Los Payasos’ total membership is unknown but experts have thought it to be just over twenty total members.
The club was formed when Road Warriors Motorcycle Club and Wild Coyotes Motorcycle Club, both of Bone County, unanimously voted to merge under Mackey. The name Los Payasos is based off the small desert town, of Las Payasadas, Bone County, where both clubs met to drop their old colors and finalize the merger.
Between 2001 and 2012, Los Payasos had kept a relatively low profile to the public and law enforcement. No major incidents by members of Los Payasos were reported to police except for a small scuffle at a patched member’s home in 2008 which resulted in two arrests, one for an outstanding warrant and the other for possession of an illegal firearm.
In December of 2012, Mackey passed away due to colon cancer. With the club’s hierarchy aging and membership dwindling, patched members voted in Bruce Rogers as club president. Rogers, in his mid-thirties, has had no serious jail time but is known to police.
Since Rogers’ ascension to president, Los Payasos has increased its membership and notoriety in particular with law enforcement. Three separate brawls at club “outings” and reports of a shots fired incident at the home of a member all occurred within weeks of the vote.
As of late, Los Payasos have been allegedly at the forefront of a state wide biker beef with the now-defunct Cossacks MC. Investigators are unclear what occurred between the two clubs as both had been friendly towards each other in the months leading up to the conflict. The conflict seemed to reach a breaking point when over fifty bikers from various MCs around the state, converged on a Cossack bar.
“We aren’t sure what exactly was said at this impromptu meeting but we know from body language and information we have gathered that it wasn’t a friendly meet. As is usually the case with outlaw motorcycle gangs, we believe it may have been turf related,” Sheriff Deputy Winters explained.
The Los Payasos Motorcycle Club continues to attract new membership, especially the younger demographic who seem to be drawn to the outlaw lifestyle. What was once a fledgling biker club has now emerged as a club that plans on expanding their territory and power.