UPDATE, JUNE 23, 3:01 P.M.: Joshua Ryan Herbert, 27, of Corona, has been formally charged in Riverside County with first-degree murder, attempted murder, a special circumstance allegation of killing for the benefit of a gang and sentencing enhancements for use of a gun and great bodily injury.
Held without bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, Herbert is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The Riverside Police Department has released more details about the fatal shooting of James “Floppy” Duty: He was fueling up with four fellow Hells Angels bikers at the Shell station just off of the 91 freeway. Herbert and another person, who remains at large and has not been identified, allegedly drove by and opened fire. Duty was struck multiple times. A bullet only grazed the helmet of the unidentified Hells Angels member who was not injured. The attackers fled toward the freeway. The Anaheim Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Garden Grove Police Department, the Long Beach Police Department and other agencies helped Riverside police investigators determine the Mongols was responsible for the shootings, Detective Jim Simons told City News Service. That led to search warrants being served earlier this week in Anaheim, Cathedral City, Corona, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Riverside. Herbert, who was no previous felony convictions, was taken into custody without incident Wednesday at his residence on Monterey Peninsula Drive. Police say the handgun that killed Duty was seized during the raids, as were other firearms and various gang paraphernalia. Anyone with information that can help investigators can call Simons at 951.353.7138.
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 23, 6:19 A.M.: A 27-year-old man has been arrested for the murder of an Orange man who belonged to the Hells Angels, according to authorities.
James Duty, 31, was with some fellow Angels flying colors at a Shell gas station in Riverside on May 21, when they were ambushed by members of the longtime rival motorcycle gang the Mongols, says the Riverside Police Department.
Duty, whose nickname was “Floppy,” and another member of the Hells Angels were struck by gunfire; the Orange resident later died at a hospital.
The other victim, who was not identified, was shot in the head, but his helmet deflected the bullet and he was not injured.
Riverside cops announced Thursday that Joshua Herbert, a member of the Mongols, has been arrested for Duty’s slaying and the attempted murder of the second shooting victim.
There is nothing to indicate Herbert knew either victim before opening fire, police add.