SAN FRANCISCO — An elderly member of the Mongols motorcycle gang was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for terrorizing a woman whose son he thought had stolen marijuana from him.
Eric “Whitey” Lundin, 67, of Arcata, California, admitted he stormed into the woman’s mobile home in 2013 armed with two handguns because he “believed it was important to maintain respect for the Mongols, and his status as a member,” federal prosecutors said.
He grabbed the then 63-year-old McKinleyville woman by the throat and told her that her son had stolen marijuana from him. He smashed her television and demanded she call her son and have him come home.
Investigators say Lundin forced the woman to take three pills he said were Methadone that would cause her to overdose. Prosecutors say he told the woman: “Mongols don’t leave witnesses.”
Lundin then forced the woman into his pickup truck and drove her around the area pointing out places where he could dispose of a body, police said. At one point, they passed the woman’s son, and Lundin told her: ‘Wave goodbye to your son. You’re never going to see him again.”
Soon after, he managed to get the woman’s son on the phone and after speaking with him determined he had not stolen his drug. Lundin then drove the woman back home and told her that he only meant to scare her.
When he left, she called police and Lundin was arrested the following day. At his home, authorities found a rifle, a large amount of ammunition and evidence showing his membership in the motorcycle gang.
The “one-percenter” outlaw group was founded in California in the late 1960s. Authorities estimate the gang has about 1,000 members worldwide. Members have been charged with drug dealing, robbery, extortion and murder.
Lundin was hit with a number of state charges and one federal charge of gun possession. Since he had prior convictions, the gun charge carried a stiffer penalty than normal.