CRIME WATCH: Fundraiser shooting triggers FBI gang alert in Albuquerque

Publish Date: 
Aug 9, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The city is bracing for a possible outburst of violence on the heels of a shooting at a motorcycle repair shop Aug. 4 that left a motorcycle gang official dead.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that an FBI intelligence report obtained by the newspaper indicates out-of-state gang members may flock to the city for a showdown.

“Current intelligence reporting from multiple sources indicates that the [Bandidos Motorcycle Club] national leadership has directed out of state [Bandidos] to proceed to Albuquerque … within the next 24 hours … in response to the August 4, 2013 confrontation,” says an FBI “situational information report” dated Aug. 6. “Additionally, [Vagos Motorcycle Club] members from neighboring states may already be in Albuquerque awaiting orders from their national leadership,” accofding to the FBI report quoted in the Journal. The report also includes a caution that the intelligence is raw and hasn’t been fully analyzed or evaluated against other information.

A shooting last Sunday at a fundraiser for a sick child left a sergeant-at-arms of the Vagos gang dead and another person with a gunshot to the leg. Albuquerque police found 72 spent shells after the melee at Eppie’s Motorcycle Services.

Authorities say Japheth Seaman, the sergeant-at-arms for the Vagos gang, was shot in the head and later died of his injuries after a confrontation at the fundraiser. A police spokeswoman told the newspaper Japheth Seaman’s brother, Malachi Seaman, 37, pulled out a collapsible baton and hit one of the fundraiser attendees in the face. Japheth Seaman and a third man, who hasn’t been identified, pulled out handguns and began firing at the crowd. Several people in the crowd reportedly fired back.

Police have not identified the shooter and no arrests have been made for his death. Malachi Seaman was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He posted property against $25,000 bail and was released Monday, according to jail records.

The event was sponsored by the Black Berets Motorcycle Club, according to the FBI report and Albuquerque police. 

Posted by Holly Wagner