A man was arrested in Queensland this morning as part of an Echo Taskforce investigation into a suspected serious assault linked to the Nomads Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) in Laverton North in July.
A 40-year-old man was arrested in Meringandan West shortly after 6am by detectives from Queensland Police’s Echo Taskforce and Taskforce Maxima.
The man, believed to be a patched member of the OMCG Nomads, has been charged with intentionally causing grievous bodily harm in circumstances of flagrant violence.
He will face the Toowoomba Magistrates Court today, where police will seek his extradition to Victoria.
Today’s arrest follows an alleged incident on Thursday July 28 in which a 36-year-old man from Point Cook, believed to be a former Nomads OMCG chapter president, was seriously assaulted outside the club- house of Weddel Court, Laverton North.
At around 12:30 p.m. that day, the victim was confronted by a group of men and was later assaulted with several blunt objects.
After the incident, he managed to leave the scene in his own vehicle and was later admitted to Alfred Hospital with serious injuries.
On August 30, warrants were executed at properties in Canadian, Sunshine West, Point Cook, Williamstown and Truganina by members of the Echo Task Force, VIPER Task Force and the Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit.
Police also executed warrants at the Nomads lodges in Laverton North and Wendouree.
Six men have been arrested and all have been charged with offenses including intentionally causing serious bodily harm in circumstances of flagrant violence.
A number of items were also seized from the properties including a large amount of cash and drugs including cannabis and cocaine.
Anyone with information about the activities of the OMCG is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.auExternal link
Comments attributable to Acting Superintendent of Detective Graham Banks, Victoria Police Crime Command:
“Today’s arrest shows the willingness of police across Australia to hold OMCG members involved in violent offenses to account. The support of Queensland Police, in particular Taskforce Maxima , was crucial in making this seventh arrest.
“It should also serve as a reminder that the police are committed to identifying and arresting anyone linked to these organized crime groups, whatever role they may play in these offenses and wherever they are across the country. .”
Comments attributable to Acting Superintendent of Detective Craig McGrath, Queensland Police Service Organized Crime Gang Group:
Acting Superintendent of Detective Craig McGrath of the organized crime gang group, including Task Force Maxima, said the Queensland Police Service (QPS) as well as interstate jurisdictions, including Victoria Police, are adopting a zero-tolerance approach against the violence and criminality of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) and their disregard for public safety.
“The QPS works closely with interstate, domestic and international law enforcement partners to monitor, through the Operation Morpheus National Task Force and the National Anti-Gang Task Force, of take action at every opportunity.
“OMCGs are not welcome in Queensland and as this arrest shows, wherever they may flee, law enforcement will act to arrest and prosecute offenders who cause harm to our community. “
If you are a member of an OMCG and wish to engage in criminal behaviour, Queensland Police will not stop bringing you to justice. The pattern of violent behavior is further proof that you wouldn’t join a gang if you knew the truth. Choosing to be a member of a criminal gang has a very real and detrimental impact on individuals, their families and the community.
For more information on our OMCG Exit Program visit https://www.police.qld.gov.au/initiatives/omcg-exit-programExternal Link