Sixteen alleged members of the Southeast Georgia Chapter of the Outcast Motorcycle Gang have been indicted. This is considered the largest motorcycle gang indictment in state history and follows the culmination of Operation Patronus, a multi-agency investigation involving gangs and guns in Southeast Georgia and beyond.
The operation resulted in the recovery of approximately $180,000 in cash and the seizure of 71 guns, among other items.
The Outcast Motorcycle Gang is considered an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang or a “One-Percenter” Motorcycle Gang. Other Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs include the Hell’s Angels, the Pagans, the Vandals, Sin City Disciples and Chosen Few.
The Outcast Motorcycle Gang is known to engage in a range of criminal activity, including murder, assault, and drug and weapons trafficking.
The Outcast Motorcycle Gang has 67 chapters across the country, including four in Georgia. Founded in 1967 in Detroit, Michigan, the second Outcast chapter was formed in Atlanta. Additional chapters are located in Augusta, Hawkinsville and Savannah, Georgia.
The Outcast Motorcycle Gang is a highly organized structure with hierarchical leadership. Its national and local chapters are led by elected officers, such as President and Vice President.
The defendants are alleged to have engaged in an armed robbery attempt and shooting that occurred on June 17, 2022, at Flacos House Bar & Grill and the Red Roof Inn on Highway 17 in Richmond Hill, Georgia. The victims were revealed to be six persons associated with a rival motorcycle club. Also in the line of fire were numerous, innocent civilians who were present at the Red Roof Inn, McDonald’s and Arby’s.
During the course of the investigation of the shooting incident, evidence was obtained indicating the existence of a conspiracy to violently assault members of the rival motorcycle club and to forcibly rob them of their motorcycle vests. This conspiracy is believed to have lasted for more than a year, from Aug. 24, 2021, through July 16, 2022.
Evidence further suggests that members of the Southeast Georgia Chapter of the Outcast Motorcycle Gang engaged in criminal activity that spans the following jurisdictions: Bryan County, Chatham County, Crisp County, Douglas County, Glynn County, Liberty County, McIntosh County, Richmond County, Colleton County (South Carolina), and Fort Bragg (North Carolina).
Over the course of 13 months, local, state, and federal law enforcement obtained and executed more than 40 total search warrants, including 17 residential search warrants in the following jurisdictions: Bryan County, Bulloch County, Chatham County, Effingham County, Liberty County, Fort Stewart, and Wakulla County (Florida).
As a result, law enforcement recovered approximately $180,000 in cash and seized 71 weapons, two motorcycles, and two cars.