ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Eighteen members of a motorcycle gang known as Wheels of Soul (seen in video below) face a federal indictment on charges ranging from racketeering, kidnapping and murder, including four fatal shootings in three different states. Three other gang members were arrested on separate charges involving firearms violations.
It wasn’t immediately clear if any of the defendants had attorneys. The defendants are from seven states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin and Kentucky. Their “Mother Chapter” is in Philadelphia.
The indictment alleges that between 2009 and the present, the Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle Gang constituted an “enterprise” engaged in racketeering activity as defined by the federal RICO statute, and that the eighteen charged current and former members conspired to commit racketeering acts in furtherance of that “enterprise.”
In addition to the conspiracy charge, some defendants are accused of committing specific acts of violence including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and kidnapping. Several of the defendants are alleged to have engaged in narcotics trafficking.
According to the indictment these offenses occurred in various locations throughout the Midwest, including St. Louis, Chicago, Denver, and Marion, Ohio. The charges carry punishments ranging up to life imprisonment.
The indictment also accuses gang members in fatal shootings in St. Louis in 2009, in Chicago in January and in Marion, Ohio, in March.
Arrested and charged locally:
- Dominic Henley, 33, St. Louis, 63110, Chapter President;
- Lawrence Pinkston, 42, St. Louis, 63120,Former Vice President;
- Norman Vick, 44, St. Louis, 63135, Former Secretary;
- Sean Jackson, 42,St. Louis, 63112, Former enforcer;
- Timothy Balle, 58, St. Louis, 63107, member.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, St. Louis Field Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Chicago Field Division, which conducted a two-year joint investigation into the Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle Gang which has chapters in at least 20 states.
The list of those indicted includes National and Regional officers of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based club.
“The significance of today’s arrests is not just the fact that these members are considered the most violent of the group,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Dennis L. Baker. “Today’s nationwide take-down has disrupted and dismantled the Wheels of Soul Motorcycle Outlaw Gang by targeting the senior leaders.”
In addition to the FBI and ATF, this case was investigated by St. Louis County Police Department, and Police Departments in Chicago, IL; Columbus, Ohio; and Marion, Ohio. United States Attorney Richard Callahan praised the local police departments for their contributions to the investigation and thanked them for their willingness to forgo individual action until all aspects of the investigation could be completed and everyone involved in the conspiracy could be charged.
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