NEW RIVER, AZ - Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives raided three homes across the Valley Thursday looking for clues linking a national motorcycle gang to insurance fraud and possibly murder.
As of late Thursday, three people were arrested for stripping a car, torching it and then reporting it stolen to collect insurance money.
Officer Carrick Cook, with Arizona's DPS told ABC15 detectives believe when one of the gang members involved leaked information about the crime to a family member, he was killed to silence him in late 2011.
"After that information was divulged, this gang did a motorcycle run towards Las Vegas and just north of Kingman on US 93. It's believed that these members ran him off the road to kill him to quiet him down for the things that he had already spread," said Cook.
While DPS would not reveal the name of the gang, ABC 15 camera's were rolling when they removed a "Ruff Ryders" gang sign from a home in New River where most of the investigation was centered.
"We do know the gang is a nationwide gang. They do have several chapters within the state of Arizona. We can't get into details over who it is, but they do have a presence here and they do commit crimes in this state," said Cook.
Officers arrested Geralamo Dicarlo who they say is the gang's Sergeant of Arms and is known at "Geno or Stogie." Dicarlo is charged with fraudulent schemes, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Also under arrest Lakeisha Youmans, who officers say is the Chapter President for the motorcycle gang. Youmans is known among gang members as "Baby Girl" and is charged with fraudulent schemes.
Officers also arrested Michael Darrah out of Surprise. Darrah is charged with having stolen property.
"We know that these people were directly involved either by giving orders or possessing parts of that stolen car," said Cook.
Cook added the three may be linked in some way to the 2011 murder, although none have been charged with murder.
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