1,000 weapons have been found at the Waco restaurant where a deadly biker gang brawl cost the lives of nine people and left at least 170 in custody.
The weapons were strategically hidden in the Twin Peaks restaurant’s kitchen, toilets, and under surrounding benches, showing the intent the gangs had when they arrived.
Waco police spokesman Sgt Patrick Swanton revealed that investigators had uncovered weapons ranging from pocket knives and an AK-47 rifle to chains and brass knuckles, according to KWTX.
“It goes to show the criminal intent,” Swanton said. “[It] indicates to the public that these are not clubs, these are criminal gangs that came here with the intent or anticipation of violence.”
“The crime scene officers specifically stopped at my request to count weapons and have now been able to determine that count and it is 318 and still counting. We do expect the numbers to continue to rise,” Swanton said late Wednesday afternoon.
“They have been found in sacks of chips, stuffed between bags of flour, stuffed into the bench seating, hidden in shelves, thrown into trash cans, placed in the kitchen stoves, discarded on floors and even so far as to attempt to flush a handgun down a commode,” he continued.
Swanton described the crime scene as eerier and surreal. He said it is unimaginable what took place there.
“When you enter through the doors, it is just an eerie feeling knowing what occurred there,” he said of the crime scene.”There was blood everywhere, evidence in the bathroom. It’s a pretty traumatic looking scene,” Swanton continued.
“It’s almost surreal. There’s blood splatter blood evidence everywhere there still food on the tables half eaten hamburgers half-drunk margaritas. It’s the most surreal thing I’ve ever seen. There are still purses on the table from a small number of citizens. We’re talking unimaginable numbers of evidence that we’re going to have to live from this crime scene. Blood still on parking lot is an environmental issue at this point.”
Twin Peaks’ franchise license was revoked by its parent company after it failed to abide by the policy of not serving the gangs that met there, according to The Blaze.
Twin Peaks Waco franchise manager Jay Patel later responded to the brawl on his Facebook page.
“We are horrified by the criminal, violent acts that occurred outside of our Waco restaurant today. We share in the community’s trauma. Our priority is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our customers and employees, and we consider the police our partners in doing so. Our management team has had ongoing and positive communications with the police and we will continue to work with them as we all want to keep violent crime out of our businesses and community. We will continue to cooperate with the police as they investigate this terrible crime.”
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