Cozad man heads to trial court after shooting at gentlemen’s club

Corey Brestel was bound over to trial court on weapons charges.
Corey Brestel was bound over to trial court on weapons charges.(Buffalo County Detention Center)
Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 4:17 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - A Cozad man may face trial on two weapons charges in connection with a fight between motorcycle gangs at a gentleman’s club near Elm Creek in July.

According to officials, 24-year-old Corey Brestel is charged with felony possession of a defaced firearm and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. Brestel was connected to a shooting and assault that happened July 31 at the Paradise City club south of Elm Creek.

Brestel waived an evidence hearing and his case has been transferred to Buffalo County District Court for possible trial. His next hearing is pending.

Court records show that 38-year-old Christopher Reitz and Mitchell Hahn of the Tribesman motorcycle gang were attacked by about 30 members of the Homietos motorcycle gang. Hahn suffered severe facial wounds as a result of being beaten with a threaded nut tied to a bandana.

During the assault, Reitz reported that a gunshot was fired, wounding 29-year-old Richard Rios of Texas in the abdomen. Court records did not indicate whether Rios was a member of either motorcycle gang.

Brestel, a member of the Homietos gang, drove Rios to a Lexington hospital for treatment. His vehicle was later impounded and Brestel was questioned in Kearney by law enforcement. During a search of his vehicle, investigators found a sawed off shotgun with the serial number filed off, as well as two semi-automatic handguns. All three weapons were loaded.

At last check, there were no records indicating that anyone had been arrested or charged with the Rios shooting or the Hahn assault.

Brestel was arrested on a Buffalo County warrant and is in the Buffalo County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.