FRESNO, California (KSEE) – A local Fresno Bike Club is speaking out about the Fresno County Sheriff raid on Saturday.
The raid resulted in 7 arrests, including one person being arrested for having a stolen gun.
It happened at the Savage Assassins Clubhouse around 6 p.m. when MAGEC officers said they saw an active Hells Angels gang member with a gun. According to officers, the gang member ran into the Savage Assassins property where a summer BBQ was being held.
The gate was locked and when officers asked to be let in the biker group refused and stated they would need a warrant. Member Saul Macias said the group offered to bring the person out if an officer named him but did not believe officers had the right to enter in the property.
“We were trying to stick up for our rights, that is all it was,” said Macias. “That is all it was. We weren’t trying to hide anything. We had guests here, we didn’t want them to be violated.”
Hours later officers did obtain a warrant and detained dozens while they were searched and identified.
The founder of the group stated the officers went over the top, damaging the clubhouse and denting a metal door of the property, which Savage Assassins said the club does not occupy. Macias said he and the other club members would have escorted the suspect to the officers but officers denied.
Fresno County Sheriff’s Spokesperson Tony Botti said once the man ran into the clubhouse with a gun, officers had a responsibility to public safety.
“We have a guy in there with a gun,” said Botti. “What if he is doing something wrong to those people? That is why we have to get everybody out and make sure everything is safe but they were not complying with us.”
The Sheriff’s Office does have a claims division for property damaged in SWAT investigations but Savage Assassins does not plan on making a report.