Spanaway biker suspected of plotting to blow up bar indicted on five federal counts

Staff writerJune 25, 2013 

A Spanaway man suspected of plotting to blow up a local biker bar has been indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts, including possessing explosives, court records show.

Karl Twilleager, 66, is to be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

The grand jury last week indicted Twilleager, thought to be the vice president of the local chapter of the Ghost Riders motorcycle club, with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count each of being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of an unregistered firearm and being a felon in possession of explosives.

Twilleager was arrested June 13 after federal agents acting on a tip raided his Spanaway home and a rental unit he rents, also in Spanaway. They found a dozen guns, including a short-barreled shotgun and several handguns, as well as 2 1/4 sticks of Emulsion explosives and four blasting caps, records show.

Federal prosecutors originally charged Twilleager with being a felon in possession of a firearm but forwarded the case to the grand jury, which returned its indictments Thursday, records show.

Law enforcement officials allege Twilleager, also know as King Karl, planned to use the explosives to destroy Uncle Sam’s Bar & Grill on Pacific Avenue.

The task force began investigating the case in late May after receiving information that Twilleager and other members of his gang had been talking about blowing up Uncle Sam’s, court records show. Ghost Riders allegedly hold a grudge against the bar because members of a rival club, the Bandidos, hang out there occasionally, the records state.

Last June, several Ghost Riders who attended a charity event at the bar were attacked by a larger group of Bandidos, court records show. Shots were fired, and one man was hurt.

The explosives allegedly were transported from the home of a Ghost Rider in the central Washington city of Moses Lake to Spanaway in late May, court records show. Twilleager later stored the explosives in his storage unit, the records state.

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