Defendants Are Alleged Hells Angels Members Retaliating Against Rivals
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that two men who are alleged members of the Hells Angels have been indicted on Murder, Attempted Murder and additional charges in a shooting in the Allerton area of two members of the Pagans motorcycle gang that left one man dead.
District Attorney Clark said, “The defendants allegedly shot the two victims, in retaliation for a January 2020 shooting outside the Hell’s Angels headquarters on Longstreet Avenue in the Bronx. The defendants allegedly conspired and carried out this horrific violence in a residential area, near a busy intersection in broad daylight. These retaliatory shootings hurt our communities and must stop.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendants, Frank Tatulli, 58, of 97 Hollywood Avenue, and Sayanon Thongthawath, 29, of 43-15 53rd Street, Queens N.Y., alleged members of the Hells Angels, have been arraigned on second-degree Murder, first-degree Manslaughter, Attempted Murder in the second degree, first-degree Assault, second-degree Assault, four counts of seconddegree Criminal Possession of a Weapon and second-degree Conspiracy. Tatulli was arraigned on October 6, 2020 and Thongthawath was arraigned on September 16, 2020. Both were arraigned before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Michael Gross. Remand was continued and the defendants are due back in court on December 22, 2020. Anthony Destefano, 27, of 718 Vincent Avenue, alleged member of Satan’s Soldiers, was arraigned on August 24, 2020 on first-degree Manslaughter, four counts of second-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon and second-degree Conspiracy before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary for his role in the incident. Bail was set at $350,000 cash/bond and he is due back in court on December 22, 2020.
According to the investigation, on the afternoon of May 2, 2020 the defendants drove to 2522 Holland Avenue, where they approached Francisco Rosado, 51, and Javier Cruz, 42, alleged members of the Pagans motorcycle gang. Tatulli and Thongthawath shot at Rosado, striking him five times in the head, neck and back. The defendants also struck Cruz once in the arm. Rosado was pronounced dead at the scene and Cruz refused medical attention.
District Attorney Clark thanked NYPD Detective Anthony Velez of the Bronx Homicide Squad and NYPD Detective Michael Gersch of the 49th Precinct for their assistance.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.