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SF leader of Bandidos motorcycle gang arrested

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SANTA FE – The Santa Fe Police SWAT team on Friday arrested the Santa Fe chapter president of the Bandidos motorcycle club on allegations he participated in a fight at a wedding party in Texas.

Lucas Miller, 29, is in the Santa Fe jail, held on one count of aggravated assault and two counts of engaging in criminal activity (assault).

Miller will be extradited to Texas to face the charges, Santa Fe Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt said.

The fight occurred on Aug. 18 at the Stagecoach Saloon in El Paso, according to Westervelt. She said there was a wedding party at the bar when the 36-year-old groom, his 61-year-old father and his mother, who is in her late 50s, were assaulted by several members of the Bandidos.

Westervelt said she did not know what the fight was about, but the motorcyclists appeared to be the aggressors. The victims in the case were not members of another motorcycle club.

During the fight, the groom’s father was knocked to the ground and one of the bikers stepped on his face. This broke the man’s cheekbone and caused a head injury. He was transported to the hospital along with the groom’s mother; both are expected to recover.

Santa Fe police got involved because of a local investigator who is knowledgeable about the outlaw biker gang.

“Bandidos are his specialty,” Westervelt said.

The investigator identified Miller from a video of the assault. Westervelt shared a picture of Miller’s vest, which has a patch that says “president.” Westervelt said Miller is a top-ranking official in the club.

“It’s a big deal for us that he’s off the streets,” she said.

Miller has just three prior cases in New Mexico, all for speeding, according to an online court records database. Each case was dismissed for failure to prosecute.

The SWAT team arrested Miller at his home without incident.

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