A guard at the Washington State Penitentiary suspected of being a leader in a violent outlaw motorcycle gang was arrested Thursday.
Corrections officer Dustin Wendelin was arrested at the prison at 6 a.m. by the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office with help from several regional law enforcement partners.
Officials also arrested a second accused outlaw gang leader, Charles Montgomery, at 9 a.m. at his home in Umatilla County, said a sheriff’s office news release Thursday evening.
Sheriff’s officials collaborated on the investigation for several months with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office in Griffin, Georgia, as well as with federal law enforcement partners, said the release.
“Intelligence generated from traffic stops in Walla Walla County led to a joint investigation into two local members of the Pagan’s 1% Outlaw Motorcycle Gang,” said the release.
The Pagan’s OMG “frequently participate in violent crime, trafficking and racketeering. In the last several months, Pagan’s members nationwide have allegedly participated in bombings, shootings, felonious assaults, and homicides,” said sheriff’s officials.
The men are indicted in Georgia on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and three counts each of violations of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.
Public records show Wendelin lives about 15 miles from Walla Walla in Milton-Freewater.