Bail bondsman alleged to be ‘top dog’ for violent gang charged with attempted murder

Star Tribune 2011-07-07: A longtime Minneapolis bail bondsman alleged to be “top dog” of a ruthless criminal gang dubbed the “Beat Down Posse” has joined his son in jail, accused in charges filed last month of planning to kill a gang member who was suspected of snitching. A warrant issued June 24 charged JosephRobert “Big Joe” Gustafson Sr., 55, with seven felonies, including racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder…more »

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Bail set for alleged ‘Beat-Down Posse’ founder

Star Tribune 2011-02-26: A judge on Friday set bail at $750,000 for the alleged founder of north Minneapolis’ “Beat-Down Posse,” and the judge ruled that the defendant’s father’s bail bond business could not spring the accused racketeer from jail. Joseph Duane “Little Joe” Gustafson Jr., 36, appeared before Hennepin County District Judge Kerry Meyer wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hair in a braid that hung to the middle of his back. His father, Joseph “Big Joe” Gustafson Sr., sat in the front row with two other supporters. Charges say Beat-Down Posse (BDP) members for years robbed, assaulted and… more »

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