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Former Waco Twin Peaks restaurant GM, arrested biker testify on day 8 of trial

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The former general manager of the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant and an arrested biker testified on day 8 of the first trial of the Twin Peaks shootout. 

Christopher Jacob Carrizal who is the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos was indicted on charges of directing activities of a criminal street gang and engaging in organized criminal activity. Nine people died and dozens were injured.

Former Waco Twin Peaks GM Brad Doan said his restaurant started having bike nights on 2014. He recalls members of the Boozefighters being the majority of their clients on those special events.

Doan said he never had any issues with those bikers or Cossacks during those bike nights.

Prosecutor Amanda Dillon asked Doan whether at any point his restaurant decided to stop bike nights. Doan replied no and added that was a decision made by the owner.

"We did have the discussion of backing the bike nights off after that conversation I had at the end of April and there were no more conversations after that," Doan said.

He added that no one from corporate or law enforcement contacted him regarding the planned COCI meeting. A SWAT Sgt. who testified before said he asked owner to cancel the event.

The former Waco Twin Peaks GM said Sandra Lynch, a member of the biker group Los Pirados and a regular patron, asked him if they could host a Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting on May 17, 2015. He added, she said it would be a meeting to discuss legislation for bikers’ rights. He said he was never told that it was for a specific biker group.

According to Doan, Lynch requested reserving a portion of the restaurant but he told them they could have a patio area and parking lot for the up to 300 motorcyclists expected to attend.

He recalls Lynch met her outside at 9 a.m. on May 17, 2015 and started setting up cones in the parking lot for the attendees of the meeting.

"I met her outside. She expressed, she appreciated us having this event out there. It's really going to show the community what they are doing," Doan said.

He said he was never made aware the Cossacks were not part of the COCI or asked to tell Cossacks to leave.

Lynch’s husband, Michael, who was arrested after the shootout but never indicted also testified on Friday. The Mart resident said before he went to the COCI meeting, he saw around 65 to 80 members of the Cossacks at the Flying J. He said at that time, he called his wife and asked whether Cossacks were making their way to the Twin Peaks restaurant, which she confirmed.

“I told her to get out of their way,” Lynch said.

When prosecutor Jarrett asked him about whether they thought they were bad news, he replied yes.

Doan recounted seeing at least 50 to 60 Cossacks arriving at 11 a.m. to the restaurant and later he saw red and gold groups, which are the colors of the Bandidos.

He said the bikers wearing red and gold were outside and some walked through the patio while the Cossacks were present. He adds there were no issues between the Cossacks and the bikers wearing red and gold at the beginning.

However, both Doan and Lynch recall seeing something unusual.

“I saw Cossacks lined up on the patio in what I would call military formation as to guarded,” Lynch said.

Doan said when he saw them shoulder to shoulder with their backs facing toward the inside of the restaurant, he dialed 911.

"As it was ringing, I heard a couple of pops and then multiple rounds of fire after that," Doan.

A DPS investigator who took photographs of bikers wearing red and gold said the shots started right after that group pulled up into the restaurant.

At that time, Doan said he told every employee to go inside the restaurant and go into the freezer.

The prosecution also showed surveillance video from the patio before and during the shootout.

Prosecutors have tried to prove the Cossacks wearing the Texas bottom rocker, which refers to the territory they control, caused the Twin Peaks shootout.

During Lynch’s testimony, he agreed that Cossacks were claiming Waco to be their turf.

“They said Waco was going to be their town,” Lynch said.

He added he had concerns about the Cossacks, but not the Bandidos.

Lynch said Los Pirados, is not a support club for the Bandidos but he did explain members of his club asked the Hearts of Texas Bandidos to see if they could add a patch on their vest that said Waco.

“Just to show them what we had so we wouldn’t be in conflict with any other club,” Lynch said.

He added it was taken to the Bandidos because they are knowledgeable of all the clubs in Texas.

The trial will resume on Monday.

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