Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wanted Outlaw MC member turns himself in

Hillsborough County firefighter was a wanted man

TAMPA, FLORIDA (December 6, 2016) — A Hillsborough County firefighter wanted in connection to a Key West bar fight involving Outlaw Motorcycle Club members turned himself in Monday in Monroe County.

Clinton Neal Walker, 33, of Bradenton was booked on a misdemeanor battery charge at a county jail site in Tavernier, a Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said. Walker posted $3,000 bail and was released shortly after his arrest.

Walker was wanted by the Key West Police who say he and other Outlaws members beat up the manager and an employee at a downtown Key West bar called Rumor Lounge on Sept. 27.

A woman told officers the fight started after she got into argument with one of several men wearing shirts and jackets with the "Outlaws" logo, according to a police report.

Black vest with the Outlaws MC Colors

The arrest warrant, obtained by Key West police on Nov. 10, states Walker is a "confirmed active member" of the Outlaws, considered by authorities to be the state's dominant motorcycle club. It is strongest in South Florida but has chapters in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

According to the FBI, the Outlaws use their motorcycle clubs as conduits for crime, including trafficking in weapons and drugs.

After the warrant was issued, Walker was placed on paid administrative leave from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

His attorney, Jerry Theophilopoulos, did not immediately return messages Tuesday.

NOTE: After Walker's arrest, Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill outlined a new policy effective immediately barring membership in groups or clubs considered criminal organizations by the state or federal government. The list includes the Outlaws.