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2/16/2019 9:12 PM

TROOP N NEWS RELEASE
February 14, 2019

Louisiana State Police Arrest Reckless “Ride Out” Participants after Year Long Investigation

Orleans Parish – On February 13, 2018, over 150 people participated in a reckless and dangerous event known as the “2018 New Orleans Bike Life Mardi Gras Day Ride Out.” The “Ride Out” lasted nearly 8 hours in different areas of the city on Mardi Gras day, and consisted of subjects utilizing dirt bikes, ATVs, motorcycles and trail vehicles. The group organized a complete shutdown of I-10 west over Orleans Avenue and a second complete shutdown over Conti Street. The individuals involved rode in different areas of the city, intimidating law abiding motorists, recklessly operating their mode of transportation, significantly disrupting traffic flow, and on numerous occasions evaded police. Some of the individuals assaulted police officers while they were making lawful arrests.

Prior to the “Ride Out,” Louisiana State Police Troopers assigned to Troop N had numerous encounters with individuals illegally and recklessly operating dirt bikes and ATVs on city streets in the French Quarter and Central Business District. Many of the bikes that Troopers stopped were previously reported stolen from commercial dealerships in “smash and grab” type burglaries that occurred in several parishes around Louisiana. Between May – July 2017, Troop N seized four dirt bikes/ATVs that were reported stolen from commercial dealership burglaries in East Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Terrebonne Parishes. Between March – May 2018, six additional burglaries of commercial dealerships occurred; three in Louisiana, one in Mobile, AL, one in Austin, TX and one in Ocean Springs MS.

One of the suspects arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle was identified as 22-year-old Jerrell Maxon Jr. of New Orleans. Maxon is suspected of being one of the ring leaders of the group committing the dealership burglaries in Louisiana and Mississippi. On May 18, 2018, Maxon was arrested after an indictment was granted in the 23rd Judicial District of Louisiana for Criminal Street Gangs and Patterns of Criminal Street Gang Activity charges. Six other subjects were also arrested on May 18, 2018.

The underlying criminal offenses of the Street Gang indictment include simple burglary, attempted simple burglary, vehicle theft, manufacturing/distribution/transportation/possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances. During the arrest of the seven suspects, seven search warrants were also executed. Seven guns were seized (2 were stolen and 1 was identified as being used in a homicide in New Orleans), eight stolen dirt bikes/ATV/motorcycles were seized (one of which was stolen from the burglary in Austin, TX) and various amounts of illegal narcotics were located and seized.

Throughout the investigation, Troopers and Fusion Center analysts identified nearly 100 “Ride Out” participants from Mardi Gras day 2018. Nearly half of the persons identified are from Louisiana; the remainder are from out of state. Arrest warrants have been issued for 31 persons across 18 states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and the District of Columbia. 35 arrest warrants have been issued for Louisiana residents; 12 of which are still outstanding. The majority of the criminal charges they face include felony Aggravated Obstruction of Highway of Commerce, Reckless Operation, Simple Obstruction of a Highway, and various other criminal charges.

On February 14, 2019, Troopers arrested 15 suspects that participated in the 2018 “Ride Out.” One of the warrants issued was for an individual that was killed in a motorcycle crash in Troop A in January 2019, before he could be arrested. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges and warrants are forthcoming.

This investigation is extremely significant and complex. These “Ride Out” participants have, on numerous occasions, placed citizens in potentially deadly situations in New Orleans and other cities across our nation. This behavior will not be tolerated in Louisiana. Troopers are monitoring this activity and are highly discouraging anyone from participating in this reckless behavior during Mardi Gras 2019. If you know of anyone planning a “Ride Out” or you witness this reckless behavior, we encourage you to call 911 or *LSP (*577) and report it to law enforcement.

Contact Information:
S/T Melissa Matey
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (504) 471-2780
Melissa.matey@la.gov

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You kids get off my lawn!

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2/16/2019 9:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/16/2019 9:20 PM

Yea I’ll call. Been about 5 years tho! It’s probably in one major city. Or maybe 10 by now.

What they should do is just crush all of them.

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2/16/2019 9:24 PM

GeorgiePorgie wrote:

Yea I’ll call. Been about 5 years tho! It’s probably in one major city. Or maybe 10 by now.

What they should do is just crush all of them.

Yeah, but that would cause riots.

Unless you mean the bikes.tongue tongue

Wait, that would cause riots too.smile

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You kids get off my lawn!

2013 KTM450 Factory Edition
Projects......lots of projects!

2/16/2019 9:28 PM

GeorgiePorgie wrote:

Yea I’ll call. Been about 5 years tho! It’s probably in one major city. Or maybe 10 by now.

What they should do is just crush all of them.

DavetheVintageGuy wrote:

Yeah, but that would cause riots.

Unless you mean the bikes.tongue tongue

Wait, that would cause riots too.smile

Bahahaha

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