Residents Arrested in Gang Sting

Residents Arrested in Gang Sting

Gary Alves, 46, of Sterling, and Thorsten Hisam, 38, of Ashburn, were among the first people arrested and publicly named as a result of a two-year undercover police operation of three motorcycle gangs, officials said.

Three other men were arrested outside Loudoun, and have been charged with gang incidents in Loudoun County, said Kraig Troxell, spokesman for the Loudoun's Sheriff's Department.

Police have not disclosed all of the names or the exact number of arrests made last week in several counties, including Loudoun. Law enforcement authorities executed several simultaneous arrest and search warrants at 6 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11, in Virginia and Maryland.

Authorities used a search warrant at Alves home on Silver Pond Square and charged him with assault, brandishing a firearm and unlawfully carrying a firearm.

They used a search warrant at Hisam's Nashua Street home, and charged him with illegal possession of a firearm.

In early 2002, a Fairfax County police detective infiltrated the Red Devils Motorcycle Club, which is sponsored by the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in North Beach, Md. Shortly thereafter, the detective became a member of the Fates Assembly Motorcycle Club, which later was sponsored by the New York City Chapter of Hells Angels. The investigation continues and further indictments, arrests and search warrants are anticipated. At this time all warrants are sealed and the information contained in them is not available.

LAW ENFORCEMENT officials, headed by the Fairfax County Police Department, released three other names in the arrest. Percy Thomas Barfield III, 47, of Petersburg, Va. was arrested in the City of Colonial Heights and charged with gang participation. William Garland Radford, 28, of Owings, Md., and William H. Cranston, 52, of Huntingtown, Md., were arrested at their homes and charged with gang participation. Troxell said their warrants would be served when they are extradited from Maryland to Loudoun.

In addition to the Fairfax County Police Department and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Department, the following agencies assisted in the investigation and service of warrants: Maryland State Police, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, FBI, Federal Parole and Probation, Prince William County Police, Petersburg City Police, Colonial Heights Police, Calvert County Sheriff's Office, Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, Greenville County Sheriff's Office, S.C., Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office, and the Gang Task Force in Herndon.