The victim identified as Dominick Paternoster, 46, was shot to death in April by several members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club because they thought he was cooperating with police, according to authorities.
A member of the dangerous Mongols Motorcycle Club biker gang has been charged with involvement in the brutal murder of a member of another gang and was labeled a “snitch,” authorities said.
The victim identified as Dominick Paternoster, 46, was shot and killed in April by several Mongols members because they thought he was cooperating with police. The deceased was shot multiple times, including one to the head, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Monday.
Paternoster’s alleged killer, Paul Pogilevsky, was formally charged with first-degree murder. Gualtieri said at a press conference.
Paternoster was a member of the Raiders motorcycle gang, a group that Gualtieri described as a “lower” level club that served as a feeder to higher-ranking Mongols, the New York Post reported.
Gualtieri stated that the Mongols are based in California, but have a significant presence in the Tampa Bay area, where they carry out a series of criminal activities ranging from prostitution to drug and arms trafficking.
“These people are not the people you see on a Sunday motorcycle ride,” Gualtieri said. “It’s really these gangs of thugs that are terrorizing.”
The sheriff called the Mongols Motorcycle Club an “organized crime” syndicate with nationwide reach.
In January 2022, a total of 10 Tampa Mongols were arrested in connection with a gang murder that occurred in Colorado.
“This is not something you see in the movies or just happen in California and other places. He is alive and well here,” Gualtieri warned.
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