Calgary, AB,
08
January
2020
|
17:29
America/Denver

Hells Angels Prospect Charged with Threatening Police

A Calgary Hells Angels prospect has been charged with threatening members of the Calgary Police Service.

The officers were involved in the arrest of the man in early December, at which time he allegedly made threatening comments to two members.

The man was initially arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at a home in the 5600 block of 20 Street S.W., on an unrelated matter. During the transport to the CPS Arrest Processing Section, the man allegedly uttered threats against one of the officers in the car.

A day later at his bail hearing, the man is accused of making additional threats to a second CPS officer while in a courtroom.

During both incidents, the man was wearing support gear associated to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) Southland Chapter and is a self-admitted prospect for the outlaw motorcycle gang.

The accused used the fear associated to the HAMC’s reputation for violence, telling the officers that he had done extensive research on them, including on their home addresses.

A HAMC prospect does not have voting rights with the Hells Angels organization, however, participates in its criminal activities. Being a prospect is the final step prior to becoming a full-patch member of the HAMC. During the prospect period, the individual must prove his worth to the club, in order to earn full membership.

Robert HERRING, 36, of Calgary, was rearrested on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, and charged with two counts of intimidation of a justice system participant. He will next appear in Calgary Provincial Court on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

The Hells Angels is a sophisticated, well-structured criminal organization. The HAMC has created a reputation that has been acquired through violence, intimidation and retaliation since the club’s inception.

While the clear majority of motorcycle riders are law-abiding citizens, extensive criminal networks within the outlaw biker community continue to profit from illicit activities like drug trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering, contraband smuggling, extortion, violence and illegal gaming.

Outlaw motorcycle clubs often take part in legitimate charitable events and other public relations efforts to portray themselves as good-natured free spirits. Popular television shows in recent years have unfortunately glamorized the gangster lifestyle and likely helped organized crime groups attract recruits and supporters.

Outlaw motorcycle gangs pose a major crime threat across our country. Canadian law enforcement stands united in investigating, charging and convicting these criminals who threaten public safety.