Joe Gustafson Sr., charged with seven felonies, is on the lam

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Have you seen this man? Big Joe is on the lam
​Joseph "Big Joe" Gustafson, a former Hell's Angel-turned bail bondsman who terrorized north Minneapolis for years, has been charged with seven felonies -- and he's on the run.

Authorities aren't saying whether they know where Gustafson might be headed, but when they catch him, there will be plenty of evidence to put him in jail for a very long time.

As we documented in our February 2010 cover story, "Fallen Angel," Gustafson is the mastermind of a north criminal organization. The charges against him include felony racketeering, kidnapping, making terroristic threats, aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and arson.

Last fall and this winter, Gustafson's son, "Little Joe," and several other members of the BDP were charged in connection with the group's activities. But nabbing Big Joe will be a major coup.

As the allegations laid out in this criminal complaint show, the man has devastated many lives.

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​His "Beat-Down Posse" reigned by inflicting brutal assaults--often with the help of lead- or sand-filled gloves--on anyone Big Joe wished to intimidate. The Gustafsons also recruited for their group, dangling the promise of unlimited women to anyone who joined "the team," according to court documents.

Each member of the group had an individual assignment, based on their skills. Drug dealers were especially prized.

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farn0057
farn0057

This story, on a mechanical level, is very poorly written. I think if anyone is to be charged with a crime it should be the editor. 

Nokomis Sunshine
Nokomis Sunshine

Whatever the so called wits say, Joe Sr is innocent! What's happening to the mn gang task force that was found to be dirty! BCA, MPLS are all railroading him! Ask anyone who knows and has been involved in any way with any of these law enforcement agencies and have been f*cked over by them! They'll have to face the real judge...GOD! LOVE U JOEY, SR & JR! (Why hasn't his sons murder been investigated.

Mikelstr
Mikelstr

I've know Joe for 40 some years. This guy is the defenition of evil, and punk, at the same time.

Samikeller Sk
Samikeller Sk

Ur a punk. Joe was there for me when I needed him.

Loftus42044
Loftus42044

fuck all you haters that talk shit about my family! u wouldnt run your fucking mouths if joe and little joe were out cuz ur all hoes and couldnt bust a grape in a fruit fight

Fordgirlfx4
Fordgirlfx4

they have no idea....some people just want to put 2 cents in on something talk shit

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I never understood the whole Hell's Angels thing.    Logically its pretty silly.  Imagine the conversation for starting a chapter of the Hell's Angels.  

Joseph "Big Joe" Gustafson:   Ok boys we are going to start a criminal organization!  

Beat Down Posse member:   Huzzah!   Cheerio good Sir!   

Joseph "Big Joe" Gustafson:    First thing is we have to get matching uniforms to wear everywhere like we are batman villians or something.   You know to let the cops know exactly who is a criminal.   

Beat Down Posse member:   Goodie goodie gumdrops!   I love uniforms.   We will be like a barbershop quartet but with more people!!!!!!!

Joseph "Big Joe" Gustafson:  Then we will get a criminal hideout and label it Hell's Angel's clubhouse like we are fucking 10 years old or something.   The cops will never think to look for us there!   

Beat Down Posse member:   Can we play grab ass now?  

Joseph "Big Joe" Gustafson:  Why else would a 70 year old man with long hair be hanging out with young guys and putting them in uniforms?   

You'd think Joseph "Creepy Grandpa" Gustafson would have like episodes of Antiques Roadshow to watch or something.   

Fordgirlfx4
Fordgirlfx4

little Joe actually started it when he was younger.

exitwoundz
exitwoundz

He is an episode of Antiques Roadshow...

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