For the second time in a week, a Key West member of a notorious motorcycle gang was arrested after being found with weapons and cocaine, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.
Austin Christopher Reynolds, 26, was arrested Thursday on Stock Island, just outside Key West, after a deputy recognized him and knew he had a suspended driver’s license, sheriff’s office spokesman Adam Linhardt said.
Reynolds is a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, which the U.S. Justice Department describes as an outlaw motorcycle gang linked to violent crimes and trafficking of drugs and weapons, Linhardt said.
Deputy Aaron Roddy spotted the biker leaving Key West on the Overseas Highway at 5:14 p.m. Thursday.
Roddy tried to pull him over but couldn’t safely keep up after Reynolds veered onto a nearby bike path during heavy traffic, Linhardt said.
Deputies searched the area and found Reynolds near Fifth Avenue and Balido Street on Stock Island. He had a large knife and about two grams of cocaine on him, Linhardt said.
They also found a .45 caliber pistol in the grass that a witness said Reynolds tossed as he was fleeing, Linhardt said.
Reynolds was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon — for the knife — possession of cocaine, fleeing and eluding, evidence tampering, reckless driving and knowingly driving with a suspended license.
Reynolds, who has a 2016 felony drug conviction in Georgia, was taken to the county jail on Stock Island, Linhardt said. Reynolds on Friday remained in jail on a $70,000 bond. It was unclear whether he has a lawyer.