An FBI agent suspects that a man who was arrested for firearms after allegedly driving three corpses to a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was also engaged in an Aryan Brotherhood dispute that led to their dead.
Richard Kuykendall, 41, was arrested on a federal arrest warrant for criminal possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to county inmate records which show he was booked early Saturday morning. Kuykendall allegedly hid an out-of-state gun after a three-man shootout in a Chevrolet Malibu, a federal complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New Mexico said.
An FBI agent examined security footage of Kuykendall being shot after the Chevy pulled up behind him and attempted to enter the car. Kuykendall ducks as the shots continue to fire, though video does not show him retaliating, the officer said in the complaint.
At one point after the shooting had ended, Kuykendall was seen locking himself in the car before exiting, lingering near a dumpster for a few seconds and returning to the car, according to the complaint. Kuykendall is believed to have hidden a Beretta Model APX 9mm pistol in the dumpster during this time, a Tennessee-made weapon.
He then sits over the person on the driver’s side and drops the car off at a local hospital, where he tells a security guard that there are three dead men inside and runs away, according to the complaint.
“The three men were subsequently declared dead,” says the complaint. “The vehicle was riddled with bullets. A loaded pistol was found under the driver’s seat.
The FBI agent says in the complaint that while he doesn’t believe Kuykendall killed the three men, he believes Kuykendall may be responsible for the death of one of them. Kuykendall has not been charged with the death of any of the three men.
Albuquerque police found an empty pistol, in the locked position, and several bullet casings in and around the vehicle, according to the complaint.
The three men were only identified as BT, JF and MS, all of whom were confirmed members of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, according to the complaint.
The Aryan Brotherhood is the country’s oldest white supremacist prison gang and a national crime syndicate, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Irish inmates formed the Anti-Black Inmate Group at San Quentin State Prison in 1964 as prison systems began to unravel.
Members of the Aryan Brotherhood are involved in a number of crimes inside and outside prisons, including drug trafficking, paid murders and armed robberies, reports the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Kuykendall was seen in hospital security footage as having tattoos related to the Aryan Brotherhood, including a Shamrock, Viking warrior, lightning bolt and “White Boy” tattoos, according to the complaint.
“The AB enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members and associates by assassinating, attempting to assassinate, plotting to assassinate, assaulting and threatening those who break company rules or pose a threat to the company. ‘business,’ the complaint states. “The AB also uses murder and the threat of murder to maintain a position of power within the penitentiary and penitentiary systems.”
Kuykendall has several convictions in New Mexico and Massachusetts as early as 1998, according to the complaint, including battery with a deadly weapon, identity theft and theft.
He was detained on Sunday and it is not known when his next court date will be, according to Bernalillo County inmate records. He had no case in state court on Sunday morning and there is no lawyer on file for Kuykendall in federal court records.