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Biker gang member arrested in Hells Angels slaying in Riverside California

June 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Biker gang member arrested in Hells Angels slaying in Riverside California

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A 27-year-old man who was part of a motorcycle gang was responsible for the May 21st shooting death of a rival Orange County Hells Angels member in Riverside California.

Joshua Herbert was arrested last Wednesday and was charged with murder in the killing of James Duty, 31, and the non-injury shooting of another member of the Hells Angels.

The charges also have gun and firearm enhancements which might make him eligible for the death penalty if he is convicted and if Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin decides to pursue it, according to Assistant District Attorney Jeanne Roy.

Authorities still are searching for another suspect linked to the shooting — the driver of a vehicle that pulled up to the Shell gas station just before the incident.

Herbert walked out of the passenger’s side and shot a revolver several times at a group of five Hells Angels’ who were fueling their bikes. Duty was shot and was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Another victim was struck in the head, but the bullet hit his helmet, and he escaped uninjured.

Riverside police Sgt. Troy Banks, left, and property specialist Alan Blessum prepare for a press conference Thursday, June 22, announcing the arrest of Mongols motorcycle club member Joshua Herbert in the slaying of a Hells Angels associate. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise, SCNG)

Police allege that the incident was the result of a continuous, brutal rivalry between the Hells Angels and the Mongols club — of which Herbert belonged to.

Riverside police Lieutenant Charles Payne said there’s no evidence that Herbert personally knew his victims. Instead, investigators believe that the victims were targeted because of their patches.

“The Hells Angels and the Mongols are rivals,” Payne stated. “They have a history of animosity which includes committing crimes against each other, murder for the purpose of territory expansion, gang advancement, and retaliation.”

Although the dispute dates back to the 70’s, there has been a rise in shootings and attempted killings between the two groups over the past eight months, according to Riverside Detective Jim Simons.

Joshua Herbert of Mongols Held in Killing of Hells Angel James Duty of Orange

Simons stated that detectives were quickly able to name Herbert as a suspect due to tips and information from special agents.

Authorities also used surveillance video from the gas station to locate the vehicle — which is registered to Herbert.

On Wednesday, police from various agencies executed search warrants at several locations throughout Southern California and seized weapons, gang paraphernalia, body armor, ammunition and other objects. Police discovered the vehicle and the weapon that was used in the shooting.

A similar but unrelated bust was conducted on June 16th when the feds apprehended 22 members of the Vagos motorcycle club across multiple states.

ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Monique Villegas revealed agents who had been looking into the Mongols “for decades” assisted in the case against Herbert.

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