According to the FBI, three bodies and a man who dumped them in the New Mexico hospital are tied to the Aryan Brotherhood
An FBI agent suspects that a man arrested on a firearms charge after allegedly driving three bodies to a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was also involved in an Aryan Brotherhood argument that led to their death.
41-year-old Richard Kuykendall was arrested on a federal arrest warrant for criminal possession of a firearm and ammunition. This is based on records from county inmates showing that he was booked early Saturday morning. Kuykendall is said to have stowed a pistol that came from another state after a shootout with three men in a Chevrolet Malibu, according to a federal complaint filed with the US District Court for New Mexico on Friday.
An FBI agent checked the security footage of Kuykendall, who was shot after the Chevy stopped behind him and he tried to get into the car. Kuykendall crouches as the shots continue, although the video doesn’t show him shooting back, the agent said in the complaint.
At some point after the gunshots stop, Kuykendall is seen locking himself in the car before getting out, pausing for a few seconds near a dumpster, and returning to the car, the complaint said. It is believed that during this time Kuykendall stashed a 9mm Beretta APX pistol, a Tennessee-made weapon, in the dumpster.
Then he sits on the person in the driver’s side and drops the car at a local hospital, where he tells a security guard that there are three dead inside, and, according to the complaint, escapes.
“All three men were later declared dead,” the complaint said. “The vehicle was full of bullet holes. A loaded pistol was found under the driver’s seat. “
The FBI agent states in the complaint that while he does not believe that Kuykendall killed all three men, he believes that Kuykendall could be responsible for the death of one of them. Kuykendall was not charged with the death of any of the three men.
Albuquerque police found an empty pistol in a locked position and multiple rounds in and around the vehicle, the complaint said.
The three men were identified only as BT, JF and MS, all of whom were verified members of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, according to the complaint.
The Aryan Brotherhood is the country’s oldest large white supremacist prison gang and a national criminal syndicate, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Irish inmates formed the group to fight black inmates at San Quentin State Prison in 1964 when the detachment of the prison systems began.
Members of the Aryan Brotherhood are involved in a range of crimes inside and outside the prison walls, including drug trafficking, rental homicide and armed robbery, reports the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Kuykendall was seen in the hospital’s security footage with tattoos associated with the Aryan Brotherhood, including a shamrock, Viking warrior, bolt of light and “White Boy” tattoos.
“The AB enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members and employees by murdering, attempting to murder, conspiring to murder, attacking and threatening those who violate company rules or pose a threat to the company represent “, it says in the complaint. “The AB also uses murder and death threats to maintain a position of power within the prison and prison systems.”
According to the complaint, Kuykendall had multiple convictions as early as 1998 in New Mexico and Massachusetts, including a battery with a deadly weapon, identity theft, and theft.
He was taken into custody on Sunday and it is unclear when his next trial will be based on records from inmates in Bernalillo County. He hadn’t had a case in a state court by Sunday morning and there is no lawyer for Kuykendall on federal court records.