Former Uplands Park officer charged in charity event fight

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – A former Uplands Park police officer who led a pursuit that led to the death of a 34-year-old St. Louis woman has been charged with allegedly beating and robbing a member of another motorcycle club during a charity event.

Lamont "Puff Aikens," 38, is charged with first-degree robbery and assault. Police say he and another man – Thomas "Guardrail" Viehman, 53 – repeatedly punched and kicked a member of another motorcycle club, before taking his wallet and phone.

It happened at the Masonic Lodge along the 4500 block of Olive Street at around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Viehman – who police say is the president of the Chicago-based Hell's Lovers motorcycle club – has also been charged with robbery and assault.

Aikens and Viehman allegedly starting their argument with the victim after he escorted a female club member to the restroom.

Aikens had been hired to the Uplands Park Police Department despite a history of 18 arrests, including the possession of a controlled substance and felonious restraint.

He had been serving as an auxiliary officer in Uplands Park, when he initiated a pursuit after then-17-year-old Derion Henderson, who was driving 46 miles per hour in a 30 zone. During the chase, Henderson's car crashed into another vehicle, killing Lashanna Snipes, a 34-year-old mother of four.

Her family was awarded $3.1 million from Uplands Park in June 2012. Henderson is currently serving 17 years for second-degree murder and vehicle tampering.


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