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Sonoma Hells Angels Member Declared Fugitive After Federal Indictment

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Of the 11 Hells Angels members named in a federal indictment Monday, information on one can earn you $5,000.

Windsor resident Russell Allen Lyles — considered fugitive by the FBI and local law enforcement on Tuesday— and eight other Sonoma County Hells Angels members face federal charges such as racketeering, extortion, assault, maiming, witness intimidation, Bay City News reports. One member from Fresno and another from the East Coast also face charges.

One of the crimes is the 2014 murder of an unnamed victim by Tulare resident Brian Wendt after a meeting set up by Santa Rosa residents Russell Ott and Jonathan Nelson. Other charges include bank fraud, money laundering, home invasion robbery, and illegal possession of weapons and drugs.

All but two members face Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) conspiracy charges and all but one face charges of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering or maiming in aid of racketeering, prosecutors say.

Some defendants appeared in court this week while the remaining will do so early next week. Lyles, on the other hand, is thought to be traveling with his pregnant fiance in Sonoma, Mendocino or Lake counties after the FBI unsealed its October indictment.

The 36-year-old business owner is described as a roughly 5-feet-7-inches tall white man with brown hair, blue eyes, and weighs an estimated 185 pounds.

FBI officials advised to not approach Lyles if spotted but to call its San Francisco division at 415-553-7400 or the Santa Rosa Police Department at 707-528-5222.

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Ida Mojadad

Ida Mojadad is a reporter at SF Weekly, often covering politics, housing and transportation. Her words can also be found in the Orange County Register, KQED (NPR), Faribault Daily News, Northfield News and SF Examiner. You can reach her at (415)-359-2728 or by email at imojadad@sfweekly.com.

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