‘Sons of Anarchy’ King County? Local business owner allegedly extorted by motorcycle gang

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BandidosREDMOND, Wash. — A Kirkland man is charged with extortion after allegedly hiring out the Bandidos motorcycle gang to collect on a $35,000 debt owed to him by a friend, police said.

Robert Golden and co-defendant Robert Edwards are both charged with first degree extortion, a crime that involves a threat of bodily harm to a victim. Golden and Edwards are being held in King County Jail in lieu of bail.

According to court documents, Golden loaned a friend and Redmond business owner $35,000 about three years ago in an attempt to help the man start up his business. A loan document was signed, but no specific information relating to repayment of the loan was written. Then, according to King County prosecutors, Golden went to the alleged victim in late 2012 and informed him that the debt had been sold to a local motorcycle gang, the Bandidos. Golden allegedly told the victim that the debt had increased to $57,000 — a 39 percent interest charge — and said that the Bandidos expected payment within weeks.

Court documents allege the Bandidos are a well-known criminal game, and have a history of violence and extortion. Golden himself has 23 prior bookings, including convictions for assault.

A few days after the initial phone call, Golden and Edwards went to the victim’s business and allegedly told him that he had three days to make the full payment. If not, Golden allegedly said the consequences would be brutal.

“These people hurt people,” Golden allegedly said.  Golden also allegedly said that getting beat up is “the least of your worries,” and the Bandidos had their “reputation to uphold.”

Under intimidation, the victim signed over titles to his truck, trailer, boat and motorcycles that he privately owned as some sort of preliminary payola to the gang.

According to court documents, the victim had contacted police a few days earlier and the conversation between Golden, Edwards and the victim was recorded on audio tape. Police arrested Golden as he tried to flee the victim’s business in the victim’s Chevy Tahoe. Edwards was also arrested at the business.

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  • Tish

    Fox what exactly does this have to do with Sons of Anarchy? There is no mention of the show in this article so why compare what some idiot did to get money to a tv show? This is the most ridiculous headline I have ever read. No wonder people take your news stations as a joke.

  • oh paleez

    You are aware that Sons of Anarchy is a fictional television show, right? And- if you ever watched it, you would know that extortion is not one of their business ventures. Way to go for gratuitous use of a show's name to try to make your story more interesting, now go back to journalism school you dingbat.

  • cnwalt

    What does this story have to do with Sons of Anarchy? Absolutely nothing! You are also claiming that this involves the Banditos, but you make no mention that the two men charged are members. You report that 'Golden' told the business owner that they would come after him, blah, blah, blah.

    Not only are you using Sons of Anarchy's name to get people to read your stupid article, you only report the truth according to Fox. At least back up the information you are reporting. Geez, isn't that journalism 101?

  • Bubba

    Come on folks, give them credit, at least and I do mean at the very least, they made the connection that the TV show "Sons of Anarchy" and the motorcycle club "Banditos" both have something to do with "Motorcycle's"! ;-p


  • My View

    Never loan a "friend" money unless you never want to see it again. Personally I see no wrong doing, MC clubs are used quite often as debt collectors and repo men.

  • Pancho

    Maybe the deadbeat shoulda paid his debt the,store owner lied committed a crime by not paying his debt he should die taking food out of someone elses mouth