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Police arrest member of Aryan Brotherhood of Texas on most wanted list

October 9, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Police arrest member of Aryan Brotherhood of Texas on most wanted list

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Texas authorities have apprehended a reputed member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas who is one of the state’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list earlier this week.

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the capture of 49-year-old Kevin Wayne Matthews, who police arrested at an undisclosed location in Northeast Houston on Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Authorities sought the arrest of the white supremacist prison gang member for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a vehicle to attack two family members back in May 2015.

Liberty County District Attorney Logan Pickett said Mathews who worked as an electrician was armed at the time of his apprehension.

Pickett said the suspect’s violent prior criminal actions and associations with the Aryan Brotherhood listing him among the most wanted fugitives in Texas make his arrest worthy of the attention.

“Gangs have shown a proclivity for violence when you have accusations against felons with firearms and felons committing violent crimes, I’d imagine the spotlight should be a bit brighter on those to get those allegations resolved,” Pickett said.

Court records indicate Matthews has at least six prior offenses including breaking and entering, auto theft, evading arrest, and drug possession.

The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is active inside and outside the state’s prisons and outside with 2,000 members and associates, ranking the gang among one of the biggest in size along with the Bandidos, Crips and Bloods.

However, law enforcement officials say the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas commits a disproportionately larger amount of crime in the state compared to rival gangs, according to a DPS report.

“The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas was formed as a white supremacist prison gang but places its racist ideology secondary to its everyday criminal activities,” the report states.

The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas adheres to a constitution with a military type structure, top leaders are called generals and rank-and-file members, are referred to as soldiers.

Members are sworn into the gang for life, and failure to obey direct orders from leadership could carry a penalty of death.

In 2014, Federal law enforcement targeted the group in one of the largest racketeering indictments in Houston, which resulted in the prosecutions of 73 members and associates.

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