Yvonne Reeves, 5-17-15, just moments after her husband Owen “Big O” Reeves, Nomad Cossack, told her in a cell phone call of her son’s death by a 1/4-inch diameter bullet to the back of his head…
Six Shooter Junction – Yvonne Reeves stood in the parking lot at Central Marketplace in shock. Just moments before, she had arrived and stepped out of her vehicle when her cell phone rang.
It was her husband Owen “Big O” Reeves, calling from inside Twin Peaks Restaurant, where he had been detained by police following the fabled “shootout” on May 17, 2015. A Nomad Cossack and a director of the Aryan Circle who had pulled a prison jolt, he reportedly told her that her son, fellow Cossack Richard Matthew Jordan, 33, was dead, that he’d been shot in the back of the head by “a coward” during the melee with members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.
Moments later, police placed him under arrest.
An autopsy report shows that “Richie” Jordan died instantly when a bullet from a quarter-inch projectile entered the occipital bone of his skull behind his right ear, about 4 and one-half inches from top the head and nearly two inches to the right of the mid-line, and immediately split into two pieces as it plowed into his brain, shredding its copper jacket and fragmenting, a characteristic of the boat-tailed .223 Remington bullet fired by AR-15 and M-16 assault rifles.
The only persons on the scene so equipped were police officers from the Waco Police Department, McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, and the State of Texas Department of Public Service.
Police and DPS Special Agents began to classify the statements of nearly 200 persons, and had determined that many did not need to be arrested when District Attorney Abel Reyna arrived on the scene and changed their orders. He instructed that anyone wearing “outlaw motorcycle gang” colors or riding a bike should be arrested for the capital crime of engaging in organized criminal activity causing capital murder and/or aggravated assault, an offense involving acting in a “combination” with at least one other person in an on-going criminal conspiracy.
More than 16 months later, none of those indicted have been scheduled for trial.
The biker community is speechless, rendered dumb from its previous condition of a pugnacious political force to be reckoned with to a frightened and harassed group of defendants looking over their collective shoulders to avoid further prosecution – and, many of them say, murder.
With one slashing blow, legal authorities stripped them of their right to free speech, publication, assembly and association through a gag order in one case – the one against Clendennen – and conditions of bond in identical, non-specific conspiracy cases against the rest.
Knowledgeable insiders who have meticulously catalogued and correlated evidence and pre-trial testimony, reports and hand-made diagrams of the crime scene have reported the recollections of eye witnesses who were there in the restaurant or in the parking lot and are too frightened of deadly retaliation from enemies or police to come forward and tell what they know.
Here are a few of their impressions, based on confidential interviews and confirmed with unnamed but reliable sources.
The questions asked and answered conform with the motion to reveal the identities of undercover officers and confidential informants entered in the case against Matthew Alan Clendennen, a member of a Cossacks support Club, the Scimitars, who is a local lawn service operator employing a crew of less than a dozen men who keep numerous central Texas commercial locations in trim.
The thrust of that legal maneuver is to discover why and how the police got the intelligence that there would be violence at a Council of Clubs and Independents meeting if it were to be held at the Twin Peaks Restaurant that particular Sunday, against the wishes of police and state agents in cooperation with federal authorities investigating an ongoing “declared war” between Cossacks and Bandidos.
According to an after-action report written on May 18, 2015, the day after the Twin Peaks “shoot-out,” the Twin Peaks conflict went into high gear on the afternoon of April 16, when Waco Police Department Detective Jeff Rogers let Special Agent Jonathan Estes and his colleagues know that the Bandidos were headed for Legends Cycles at 3201 I-35 Frontage Rd.
The place of business was owned and operated by John Wilson, president of the Waco Chapter of the Cossacks. No threats “materialized” at that location, but between 40 and 50 Cossacks turned into the Twin Peaks parking lot.
Informants give a picture of an ultra-violent crew of police bent on their goal of preventing further biker activities in this city.
Big O, Owen Reeves, Nomad Cossack and Aryan Circle director
According to confidential sources, “Big O” Reeves and a former Waco Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt., Jason Barnum, were in attendance, and their presence was noted by many in the crowd whom they made uncomfortable in one way or another. “Barnum was the one causing trouble the previous bike night with Big O. That information is from those that know but won’t come forward,” one of our sources said.
Asked who said that, he replied, “The waitresses.”
On Bike Night April 16, Barnum and Big O were riding partners. “Barnum would get Big O worked up. The witnesses that are too scared of being killed by cops are the waitresses.”
On May 17, a Waco police officer wielding a rifle reportedly aimed it at their heads as he shouted they had to give up their phones and get on the ground – or he would shoot them dead.
Sgt. Barnum would later pound a doctor from Providence Hospital in the face at high noon on June 29 due to his alleged attentions to Mrs. Barnum. Waco Police suspended the 16-year veteran of the force on September 10 – indefinitely – and later fired him on September 23. He appealed that decision through the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas and lost on March 16.
But let this passage from a blogger with a national following tell the story:
“Cossack Owen “Big O” Reeves and another Cossack cornered a CoC member and got really belligerent, trying to coerce him into a fight. He told Big O “man, this isn’t the place to do this.” Owen was more concerned with, “This is Cossack territory, take that to your f…ing boss.. ” type behavior…So, our stage is almost set, right? We have almost all the elements needed to bring on the gunfight at the Waco Corral.. but what is missing? Cops! Everyone KNEW there had to be a cop instigating this shootout somewhere at Twin Peaks… What we DIDN’T know what the cop in question is Big O’s little sidekick..That’s right… there was a Cossack who allegedly was absorbed in with the rest of the Dirty Knuckles MC when THEY were convinced to quit the CoC and become Cossacks.. who is an undercover Waco Drug Task Force Agent. He and Big O apparently had formed a camaraderie based on bullying other bikers. Whether Big O KNEW he was bringing a cop or whether he just thought they were causing trouble remains to be seen…”
Though no arrests were made on the premises, and no disturbances reported, police began monitoring the night club and later arrested a Cossack MC member for unlawful possession of a handgun and a bandana with a padlock wrapped up in it.
CID Lt. Steven Schwartz
On the day of the massacre, May 17, Barnum and Lt. Steven Schwartze were allegedly both in the club with bikers until just before the shooting that ignited the gun violence began, as reported by Special Agent Gerik at 12:24 pm.
During the week before, Waco Detective Rogers, Lt. Schwartz, and Special Frost met to discuss the matter. DPS agents had learned from reading an on-line bulletin board that the Cossacks would attend, and they made the decision to maintain a police presence there on the day of the 17th.
Following their meeting, the cops contacted the franchise owner Jay Patel, who said only the patio area had been rented for the meeting. The rest of the establishment would open to the public. Agents recorded their decision that “a decision was made to have Special Agents working in undercover capacity to be inside the restaurant.”
Our sources refused to name two McLennan County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team members whom they say were stationed on the roof of JoAnn’s Fabrics with their assault rifles. Their recollection is that these officers said they were shocked when police began to fire their rifles from remote locations in the parking lot, targeting bikers who were fighting. They say they did not fire.
Asked who could confirm that, he said “JoAnn Fabric employees. They might confirm to you. Just know SO’s are on SWAT team. Was working on getting names when person I was talking to clammed up.”
Though not all members of the loose-knit coalition of researchers are bikers, some are, and others are interested in preservation of their constitutional rights. None of them are police officers.
Video captured by a bar patron depicts Sgt. Barnum with an assault rifle and wearing a windbreaker labeled “POLICE” on the patio of Don Carlos. There is another police officer aiming his rifle through a window.
“He’s a ghost,” said our source. “We don’t know who he is.”
As a Collin County Cossack said in a video interview of his club’s arrival at Twin Peaks, “I said ‘We’re being flanked.’”
Shooters a “football field away” were standing by in police vehicles both marked and unmarked, said Lexx Luther in an interview on the video podcast “Antidote.” There is truth in that remark because shooting diagrams correlated with moment of angle calculations made from photos of the crime scene investigation reveal an L-shaped ambush pattern.
There was some doubt in the ranks of the Collin County Cossacks organization because on April 28 a Waco detective had advised the Cossacks to attend in order to “straighten out problems with Bandidos.”
According to him, an unnamed prospect in the Cossacks chapter said he wasn’t comfortable with going to the Council of Clubs meeting at Waco because he had once been a Bandido, and “Waco police and Bandidos have something in common.” Two days before the event, they called the National Sergeant at Arms of the Cossacks for advice, and he said to go ahead.
He was an eyewitness at the epicenter of the quarrel.