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Fresno Detectives Arrest Motorcycle Club Leader on Arson, Gun Charges
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
Published 3 weeks ago on
May 6, 2024

A search warrant served on Thomas Martin Qualls of Sanger on Thursday, May,2, 2024, resulted in the seizure of five guns, two of which were reported stolen, and another that was created with a 3D printer. Detectives also found more than 2,300 rounds of ammunition, numerous large-capacity magazines, materials related to Nazis and white supremacy, and methamphetamine paraphernalia. (Fresno County SO)

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Thomas Martin Qualls, 39, remains in Fresno County Jail with bail of $337,000 facing charges of arson and possession of guns and ammunition by a felon.

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Thomas Martin Qualls  (Fresno County SO)

The Multi-Agency Gang Consortium arrested Qualls, who is the leader of the Screamin Demons Motorcycle Club, after a search warrant was served Thursday, May 2, at 181 Academy Ave. in Sanger, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

According to the Fresno Fire Department, Qualls allegedly burglarized and set a structure on fire in Fresno.

Detectives seized five guns, two of which were reported stolen, and another that was made with a 3D printer.

The Sheriff’s Office also reported that detectives found more than 2,300 rounds of ammunition, numerous large-capacity clips, Nazis and white supremacy materials, and methamphetamine paraphernalia at the Screamin Demons clubhouse.

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Anyone with additional information about Qualls or his associates is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111 or Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867.

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Bill McEwen,
News Director
Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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