Motorcycle ‘outlaw’ wanted in Colorado murder arrested at Tampa clubhouse

TAMPA — An outlaw on the run from a fatal shooting in Colorado was arrested in Tampa last month at a clubhouse used by the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

Gregory Moore Jr., 31, was extradited on more than a dozen charges, including first-degree murder. His arrest came in connection with a sting that left 10 members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club dead in the shooting death of a rival gang member and serious injuries to others in a bar fight in Arvada, a suburb of Denver, Colorado, police said.

The fight between members of the Hells Angels and Mongols broke out at a truck stop on July 11, 2020. It escalated into “a chaotic scene,” Arvada police said in a news release.

Hells Angels member William “Kelly” Henderson, 43, was killed in the shooting, police said.

Three other people were injured at the truck stop. Among them was Ryan McPherson, a musician who was not associated with either motorcycle club and who was on hiatus, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for his medical bills.

The page said McPherson was helping an injured person when he was “knocked out in the back of the head”. An Arvada police news release said McPherson was also hit by a motorcycle.

Ryan McPherson was seriously injured while assisting an injured person during a clash between rival motorcycle clubs, according to a GoFundMe for him. [ GoFundMe ]

The page says McPherson suffered serious and permanent injuries as a result of the incident. He was briefly in a medically induced coma but survived and is now recovering. The show had been his first comeback since before the coronavirus pandemic.

“Anyone who knows Ryan is not surprised to learn that he went to the aid of another despite the risk to his own life,” the campaign page reads. “It’s just who Ryan is.”

McPherson’s campaign had raised $5,140 as of Monday, with donations as recent as late January.

Arvada police said later in the day of the fight two innocent motorcyclists were driven off the road by the Mongols and seriously injured. They weren’t named.

The US Department of Justice said federal authorities consider the Mongols to be the most dangerous outlaw motorcycle gang in the country. The agency says the club is known to deal drugs, commit violent crimes and is predominantly Hispanic.

The Mongols are largely a West Coast group, centered in Los Angeles, according to federal authorities. But the group has a clubhouse at 3213 North 29th St., just north of Ybor City, Tampa police said in a search warrant affidavit filed Jan. 25 asking the court for permission to enter the building and arrest Moore.

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Tampa police obtained a search warrant and arrested a murder suspect at a building they described as a Mongols Motorcycle Club clubhouse north of Ybor City.
Tampa police obtained a search warrant and arrested a murder suspect at a building they described as a Mongols Motorcycle Club clubhouse north of Ybor City. [ Google Maps ]

The building is painted black and has “Mongols Motorcycle Club” in white lettering on the front. The phrase flanked on both sides is “1%er” – a reference to the alleged proportion of American motorcyclists who are outlaws and a reference to outlaw motorcycle gangs, according to the affidavit.

Moore was regularly seen driving to and from the building in a 2014 Ford Fusion owned by Xavier Moody, a Mongolian member of Lakeland, according to the affidavit. A phone belonging to Moore was located at the same address.

A day after a Hillsborough County Circuit Court judge approved the search warrant, Moore was arrested at the building.

Real estate appraiser records show the one-story, 1,700-square-foot concrete block building has been owned since March 2018 by Vincent Romanine de Lutz. Voicemail messages left at the numbers listed for Romanine were not returned.

Related: Assassination of Outlaws Motorcycle Club Leader Adds to Bloody History of Tampa Bay Biker Gangs

The building is listed as a store, according to property records.

Tampa police did not respond to a request for comment on activity at the clubhouse. Arvada police declined to release details of Moore’s arrest. He faces charges including one count of first degree murder, six counts of attempted murder, two counts of organized crime, six counts of first degree assault and three counts of assault while driving a vehicle.

More than a dozen law enforcement agencies were involved in the arrest of the ten fugitive members of the Mongolian club, Arvada police said. Agencies included the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Four of the suspects were arrested in California, three in Colorado, two in Florida and one in Utah.

In their press release, Arvada Police said, “We will not tolerate violence and this case illustrates the time and effort we will devote to removing these destructive individuals from our communities.”

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