Motorcycle shop owner, sheriff's captain among 11 arrested in federal probe

Indictment says 'racketeering enterprise' based at cycle shop

07/15/2008 1:15 PM

09/11/2014 2:25 PM

A motorcycle shop owner, his son and six others have been indicted on racketeering and conspiracy charges related to the operation of Road Dog Cycle in Denair.

Three others, including a Stanislaus County sheriff's captain and former deputy who was a court bailiff, face charges of making false statements to federal investigators and lying to a federal grand jury.

The charges were announced this afternoon by Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent-in-Charge Drew Parenti and U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott, both from Sacramento.

The 11 men were indicted last week by a federal grand jury in Fresno.

Robert Holloway, the owner of Road Dog Cycle, and his son Brent are alleged to have led a "racketeering enterprise" since 1997. They were among nine people arrested this morning. Two of the suspects remain at-large.

The indictment alleges that the Holloways and others participated in acts of "trafficking in stolen motor vehicle parts, robbery, making extortionate extensions of credit and collecting extensions of credit."

"Road Dog Cycle was a gathering place for and commercial supplier for various outlaw motorcycle clubs including but not limited to the Hell's Angels, the Jus Brothers, the Alky Haulers and the East Bay Dragons," the indictment says.

The indictment alleges Bob Holloway protected thee biker clubs from law enforcement.

Investigators claim Road Dog Cycle was a front for "chop shop operations, the purchase and sale of stolen motorcycle parts, the exportation of stolen motorcycles and parts, and extortionate credit transactions."

Members of the Central Valley Gang Impact Task Force twice raided Road Dog Cycle in February. They also searched the Turlock home of Bob and Kathy Holloway and the west Modesto home of Brent Holloway.

Six other men face the same charges as Bob and Brent Holloway. Two are from Manteca, and one each from Merced, Gilroy, Chowchilla and Sweden. The suspects from Chowchilla and Sweden are the only ones not in custody.

Also implicated in the federal investigation are sheriff's Capt. Raul DeLeon and retired bailiff Dave Swanson. DeLeon has been on administrative leave since December. Swanson retired in February, a few weeks after being placed on administrative leave.

Swanson's attorney, Robert Forkner of Modesto, said his client "denies all charges."

DeLeon's attorney could not be reached.

A third retired law enforcement official, Steve Johnson of Linden, also faces charges of making false statements to federal investigators and lying to a federal grand jury. The indictment did not specify which agency Johnson used to work for.

Others in attendance at the press conference were Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, Modesto Police Chief Roy Wasden, Stanislaus County Probation Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers, Ceres Police Chief Art DeWerk, Turlock Police Chief Gary Hampton and Jenni Avila, the parole administrator for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Bee staff writer Emilie Raguso can be reached at eraguso@modbee.com or 578-2235.

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