Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member on the Run for 17 Years Arrested in Mexico
United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced that United States Marshals have arrested Randy Mark Yager, aka “Mad” (age: 58), in Mexico. In 1997, Yager fled after he was indicted in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Yager was the ATF's Most Wanted Fugitive in 1997, and was placed on the United States Marshals 15 Most Wanted list in 2004.
Yager is one of seventeen members and officers of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club who were charged with racketeering offenses. The indictment identifies Yager as the regional president of the Chicago Region of the Outlaws and the president and a member of the Gary Chapter of the Outlaws. Yager is charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) with substantive racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering acts, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1962 (c) and (d). The charges carry penalties of up to life in prison.
The indictment alleges that the Outlaws were a criminal organization whose members and associates were engaged in acts of violence including murder, robbery, arson, narcotics trafficking, and other serious offenses. According to the indictment, many of those acts were committed with the intent to control Outlaw territory and keep rival motorcycle gangs, including the Hell’s Angels, from gaining a foothold in the Midwest. Yager is alleged to have participated in racketeering acts that included conspiracy to commit murder at the Lancaster Speedway in Erie County, New York, where a member of the Hell’s Angels and a member of the Outlaws were each killed during the planned assault. He is also alleged to have participated in a conspiracy to commit murder at the Illiana Speedway in Lake County, Indiana, and in an act of robbery at a tavern in Cook County, Illinois.
Yager’s co-defendants have all been convicted, and five of them, including Kevin O’Neill, David Kadlec, Randall Miller, Carl J. Warnecke and Harvey Powers, were given life sentences.
In announcing Yager’s arrest and return to the United States, United States Attorney James L. Santelle stated: “The charges against this defendant remain today just as serious, extensive, and violent as they were when the Grand Jury issued them some 17 years ago. Mr. Yager will now face the consequences of those criminal actions that, like those of his co-defendants, compromised the safety and the security of our communities.” United States Attorney Santelle specially commended the United States Marshals Service and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the other law enforcement units, for their “outstanding highly professional, and unrelenting work in identifying the defendant’s whereabouts and accomplishing his return to face justice here in Eastern Wisconsin”.
"While Randy Yager attempted to evade federal law enforcement for nearly two decades, today's arrest signifies ATF's relentless pursuit of violent criminals across the nation,” said Special Agent in Charge of the St. Paul Field Division James C. Modzelewski. “Be clear that ATF in partnership with the U.S Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney's Office and local law enforcement, we will bring violent criminals to justice without regard for how many decades they attempt to evade the law."
Yager, was apprehended Wednesday near Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. The fugitive investigation for Yager gained momentum when U.S. Marshals were able to gather significant information on his possible location. The information was then forwarded to Mexican authorities, who responded to the location and encountered a man who fit Yager’s description. When Mexican authorities asked the man to identify himself, he initially said his name was “David” and produced several identification cards bearing the name David Michael Dorian. However, after additional questioning, the man later identified himself as Randy Yager.
Mexican authorities took Yager into custody and transported him to a facility in Tijuana where he was processed and positively identified. On Thursday, October 16, Yager was ordered expelled from Mexico to the U.S., where he was subsequently turned over to the U.S. Marshals. He is currently being held at the Western Regional Detention Facility in downtown San Diego, California.
“Yager was on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list since 2004,” stated Kevin Carr, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. “His arrest is a testament to the outstanding investigative work and tireless efforts of our deputies and our federal, state, and local partners who worked this case for years to bring Yager to justice.”
This case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Carol L. Kraft who initially prosecuted this case.