Wally Gutierrez claims he left behind the gang life as a teenager in Kansas after his friend was stabbed multiple times and his mother decided to uproot him and his younger brother for a new start in Utah. The now- 30-year-old has four kids and doesn’t see much time as Fool King anymore. The same goes for some of the other original members.
That’s where the younger generation comes in to play.
They are about half the size of their mentors, and they don’t share their troubled pasts. They just wanted to find a way to express themselves while giving back to their community, said Roman Daniels, who dresses his 5- foot-7, 150-pound frame as Red Voltage.
“We’re trying to do some good out there,” said the 23-year-old Sandy resident, who began patrolling April 2010 and often totes bags of bottled water, snacks and toiletries. He is now the official leader of Black Monday Society.
Another member, who didn’t want to be named for fear of reprisal at his job where he works with disabled adults, but dresses as Iron Head for his patrols, said he also will remove graffiti in his neighborhood in Kearns.
“A lot of us got into it because we’re trying to make up for something in our past,” Gailey said. “These guys got into it because they have a love of justice. They’re just great, pure-hearted guys.”
Daniels and his fellow society members have broken up their share of fights, including times when he’s had to call police to report a crime and detaining people who have committed crimes.
But alerting police to a problem as they patrol random streets is no longer enough for some members of the society.
About a month ago, Montgomery started what he calls a more “vengeance-based, tactical” branch named Doomwatch. They’re working with an official bounty hunter to learn laws and tactics, and they plan to be in high-crime areas so they can “take a more hands-on approach” and intervene in more altercations.
“I don’t want heroes just to be an urban legend,” Montgomery said. “I want people to see us and say there are real superheroes in the world.”<< previous 1 2 3 4