"Crazed Junky" Blamed for Stabbing Anti-Meth Band Member at Mesa Show

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Darrell Robertson allegedly stabbed the drummer of a local band outside a show in Mesa Friday.
​A stabbing outside a Mesa concert featuring bands affiliated with an anti-meth group sent a local drummer to the hospital over the weekend.

John Landato, who plays drums in Beyond Our Recognitions of God, a band tied to Dads Against Meth Use, was stabbed in the neck outside Goathead Saloon and was taken to the the hospital where he spent two days recovering.

The band issued a statement saying the stabber was a "crazed junky" who singled them out because of their anti-meth message. They're calling it "a hate crime." Cops say they didn't find any drug paraphernalia on the suspect but that he appeared to "be under the influence of at least alcohol."

Perhaps this mugshot helps tell the story.

So what happened?

B.O.R.G band members say they were hanging out in their van, which prominently displays their anti-meth message in paint, after playing.

An agitated man wandered up from the Motel 6 nearby, then tossed a softball-sized rock through the open window, says Mesa Police Sgt. Ed Wessing. Guys from the band went out to confront him, leading him to mock the band's anti-meth stance, according to Wessing. The disagreement escalated, with Landato trying to hold back his friends, when the alleged stabber, Darrell Robertson, 31, of Mesa, pulled out a knife and made a "slashing motion" hitting Landato, police say.

Robertson, the alleged stabber, fled to the Motel 6 next door where he called police claiming he'd been jumped, according to Wessing. Cops weren't buying it, and after he allegedly confessed, cops arrested him on charges of aggravated assault.

Ginger Brunson, a member of Beyond Our Recognitions of God, says the whole incident was pretty weird.

"We were in a little RV kind of thing, everybody was just hanging out, being groovy," she says, before Roberston approached, cursing at the people in the van. "I've never seen anything like that in my life. It was crazy."

The D.A.M.U group says there's a lesson here:

"We are just out spreading the word of sobriety. Our Message is a positive one, we want a drug free future for the next generation, we preach educate, not incarceration, we want kids and their parents to know the dangers of chemical dependant drugs. Thru [sic] our music and testimonies we spread the word. This is a perfect example as why we need to get drugs off the streets and away from our kids."

It also falls under "shit we can't make up."

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spokenwithtruth
spokenwithtruth

Darrell Lee, a genius. Proven fact. Check his IQ scores, or read a bit of his writing. Meth head, not even. Check the police report and tox screens. Pot head. Sure. Drunk that night, absolutely. Multiple jerk bags who jumped out of their van for a fight, also absolutely wasted. 3 on 1. He'd beat you all to a pulp. Put rocks in their hands, unfair fight. When the Borg member went to crush his head with a rock, I believe I know the sights that went through his head, the murders of his little brother and best friend. I'm happy I bought him that knife. It saved his life that night.

Ginger
Ginger

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Borg Band & DAMU Foundation

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Lin
Lin

Dude, I'm sorry for what happened to you're brother but MY uncle is going through PRISON, while your brother gets on jolly and free. My uncle didn't even do anything. And by the way, his music is crap sorry to say.

Lin
Lin

So damn true!

LindsPR
LindsPR

This is fucking messed. My uncle Darrell does NOT do meth, or any other drug for that matter, and will not for the rest of his natural born life. It is ridiculous to STATE an untrue fact about him, learn the damn facts on what had happened, not what the fucking band told you. If you wont listen to the obvious victim, then you are all complete idiots. He has been through a lot in his life, from his little brother dying from five gunshots, to his sister being addicted to every drug you can NAME, of course he's not going to do drugs! Those two things that happened in his life are true facts, and he has learned from them to never, EVER, touch, smoke, snort, or use them in any shape or form.

That's my uncle, and you best not fuck with my family.

~Lindsay P. Reynolds

Recovering1day @atime
Recovering1day @atime

Very sad by this...I wish people knew Darrell as a sober loving person as I do.I have known him for 14 yrs.and cant belive this is happening.He has not always made the best choices but who has?I pray he will learn from this and change his ways.Im sure he was provoked in some way,I cant see him doing this for no reason at all.And if this band is so anti drug and about God they will see that he is in need of some help and forgiveness.As far as him being a junkie-Meth has played a horrible role in the lives of many friends and family members that he has,I dont think he was high on meth!Drunk maybe!?He is a good man and just needs some help.I hope he will get it.I will pray for him daily!!!

Rizzo
Rizzo

Crazeed junkie?! you people have no idea what your talking about.there is so much ignorance in judging somone by their mugshot. Show me a true to form mugshot. There is no way this was an unprovoked incident. A bunch of groupies and roadies in a dark alley (yes, i had walked through this same alley moments before this all went down and run into the same rowdy group) all amped up for their "cause" run into a disagreeable stranger and now its a hate crime? A wonderful person is rotting away in Arpiaos little ant farm. That should generate some hate. I HATE self righteous assholes with a "cause". FREE DARRELL ROBERTSON

anti-ignorance
anti-ignorance

Every single band I have ever seen or talked to that promotes ''anti drug use'' has been a bunch of stuck up assholes who instead of trying to get a message across about the dangers of drugs, they somehow obtain a false sense of worth for not doing them and look down on those who are outside of there thought process. its called being an elitist and I can just picture them calling this suspect a 'crazed junkie' as he walked by. therefore starting this whole incident in the first place. just remember what comes around goes around. Darrell got his...when will you get yours? I'll tell you right now its not gunna be in your false heaven.by the way....your music is horrible.

Johnny-angel
Johnny-angel

I am glad that your brother is okay, that was a tragic event for him to endure...Darrell has sisters also, 3-of them, all heartbroken with the choice Darrell made that evening and all heartsick over the outcome that Darrell is looking at in his future. See Darrell and his sisters know first hand what it feels like to have a sibling murdered, their 19-year old brother in 2005, and now the years that will be wasted in Darrell's life while he sits in prison for self defense from a "group" of people who continued to harass him over supposedly throwing a rock at their van, until he felt so threatened that he took on the ultimate choice to protect himself. Once again I am sorry for what your family has gone through, but do not be mistaken that I feel your brother is innocent in the events of that night.

Johnny-angel
Johnny-angel

I don't think that it is very "Christ like" to chase down and beat up some intoxicated man for being a smart ass, why didn't they just call the cops for assistance instead of taking the situation on themselves, where one of their own was badly hurt and another man's drunken choice has changed his life forever. I don't think I would want to accept any of their money for the non-profit agency I work for, you can have it, it appears that they talk out of both sides of their month!

Johnny-angel
Johnny-angel

The marks all over his face and the darkness under his eyes are all marks from the band throwing rocks at him, fighting with him and dragging him down a set of stairs; they are not meth pick sores, Darrell doesn't touch meth, so you're not as smart as you think you are! Hope that when your mug shot is ever taken they allow you do do glamor shots!

Johnny-angel
Johnny-angel

Education is wonderful...violence is never acceptable in any situation, and denying you're own guilt in the "group" beating of a drunk homeless man, you should all be ashamed of yourselves. There's a special place in hell for people who self profess their goodness and mission, and then act in violence and lies! Do you know what the word integrity means...look it up and try practicing it!

Johnny-angel
Johnny-angel

I have no idea the entire events of the evening, nor how it started, but I know that after Darrell left the scene and was trying to get up the stair to his room and girlfriend, is when "several" band members grabbed him by the ankles and drug him down a cement stairway leaving his flesh and blood on the stairs that he was drug down and that is when he pulled out his knife, making a very bad choice, yet I am sure feeling threatened and fearful for his life at that time. Once he got to his room, bloody & beaten, it was Darrell who instructed his girlfriend to call 911 for assistance. In the mean time his girlfriend tried to clean up some of his wounds. When the knock came on the door, they expected it to be 911 emergency assistance for Darrell's wounds, but no it was the S.W.A.T. team that swarmed their room, arresting Darrell and making his girlfriend sit outside of the room on the stairway that Darrell had been drug down. Great Police work! Instead of looking at any means of self defense they are calling this a hate crime...idiots! Advocate for my son!

Johnny-angel
Johnny-angel

Darrell is not a meth head, nor does he tolerate the use of meth..."crazed junkie" is one of the last verbs that I would use to express Darrell's personality, so the whole "hate crime" idea is unbelievable. Advocate for my son!

Johnny-angel
Johnny-angel

The mug shot tells you nothing about Darrell; brother, son, uncle, good friend, boyfriend, grandson, brilliant writer, musician and a non-meth user, nor does he tolerate the destruction that meth causes in both families and society. "Hate crime", your insane, Darrell hates no one! This is a man who chooses to live a simple life on the streets and every Thanksgiving after he has spent dinner with his family he opens his home to the homeless to come in and have a hot, home cooked meal, to visit and play music. Darrell would give you the shirt off his back if you had none and it was the only one he had! Darrell is a good man who made a very bad choice that evening under the influence of alcohol. I had been with him all day and you Miss "OMG, that is classic" Carole, have no idea the events of his day and should keep your uneducated opinion to yourself until you know ALL the facts. I hope that your life is perfect and that no stranger has judged you on the way you chose to look, talk or act . Advocate for my son!

BORG Says:
BORG Says:

We are having a fundraiser for our Drummer on Sept. 17th at UB'S Friday it is an all age’s show on Dobson and Broadway. If you have not heard our drummer was stabbed in the neck after a show on Friday the 13th of August. Please help the Dad's Against Meth Use raise money, for the Drummer and his mounting bills. There will be lot’s of live metal music and a Tattoo or a Gift Raffle to raise money, Please read the story and look at the links below. Please forward the story on maybe you or someone you know can help John and the Foundation. Thank you DAMU Foundation

spokenwithtruth
spokenwithtruth

And Darrell's meth arrests and convictions = 0. Just in case that needed to be answered.

spokenwithtruth
spokenwithtruth

And can we please have a tally on the meth arrests and convictions of the band please? And don't say there are none. That would be a lie.

Glendale
Glendale

I know darrell personally and he is a drunk fuckface with no life. doesnt surprise me that he got drunk and stabbed someone.... dont know the band but glad the drummer is okay and keep up with the message. dont let these hating fuckers get you down. Ill make it to the next show to see what all the hype is about. fuck darrell

Stephen p.
Stephen p.

I really doubt these guys would chase after this fella and drag him down the stairs by his ankles and throw rocks.. maybe defend themselves and rough him up a litttle... from what I have heard.. he looked that bad before he even threw the rock!!! I respect that you are his family member and want to defend him... but the fact of the matter is that he shouldnt be drinking doing stupid things if he isnt willing to suffer the consequences.

Johnny-angel
Johnny-angel

Now that it has been 6-months since this event & I have read the entire police report, yes, all of the band members were drunk. The females in the group especially were intoxicated, to the point that they could barely write out a statement, misspelled words, no punctuation and the police officers even made comments of their breath smelling highly of alcohol. It could be that the females are just illiterate; in case you don't know what that means, it means stupid, uneducated!!!! Danny, Joe's son had a broken hand; Darrell had broken ribs, Danny states he punched a utility box when he saw what had happened to his friend...idiot! Joe had cuts and scratches on the side of his face and neck, when asked by police how he got the marks, he said it was his friend's blood. The officer had him wipe the blood off, and no, it was his own blood. A guest at the hotel provided a statement that he watched Danny pick up a rock, large enough that he had to use both hands, and throw it at Darrell's head, thank God he missed. Danny had on only a pair of shorts and one sock, and oh, guess what the knife was wrapped up in, the other sock! So they all lied when they said they never had a physical conflict with Darrell and the asshole John who got stabbed was not even in the van when the supposed rock throwing happened, he was inside the bar, drinking and came out to smoke, saw what was happening, got info from the drunk bimbos he associates with and decided to join his friends. He should have kept his nose, or should I say, "his neck" out of business he knew nothing about! Even the police report stated that John lied in the beginning and police went back a second time to give him the chance to "change" his story in regards to his involvement in the situation. This is America, a country where soldiers fight to keep us free, aren't we supposed to be able to defend ourselves when no one else is there to do it for us and it's now 3-on-1??? By the way Joe, great parenting example!

Margaux55025
Margaux55025

I liked this becasue i know the person who wrote it! this is my UNCLE! and i LOVE HIM!!! ok all you people dont know anything!!!! i love you Johnny-angel... (just incase your wondering which person i am, i am your 2nd daughters 13year old daughter..lol.. didnt want to give out any names.) I do belive he is a good man.

Martin Guerro
Martin Guerro

Sounds like Darrell threw a rock, got an asswhoopin and then stabbed someone in the neck. looks like darrell got what he deserves and the drummer shouldnt have been in the situation. without knowing the whole storty its hard to tell who is wrong. but i would have to say im with the band on this one.. good music, good message. Shouldnt have been throwing rocks then...

Johnny-angel
Johnny-angel

No fuck you Martin, what wonderful mission do you have here on earth?

Lin
Lin

Fuck you, that's so not true. My Uncle is not a drunk fuckface and by the way, asshole, you can go fucking die in the most shallowest hole you can find. So fuck you.

junk
junk

All u talkn down on darrell sound a bit filled with hate yourselves?..And to the band members.. why dont u worry about getting child molesters or rapist off the street.. instead of spending your time judging others because of one thing they do that u dont approve of because of meth use? Darrell was an awsome person who had very very little but would give it all away if u askd for it. and believe me.. if u lived even a day in the life that he grew up in.. youd be just the same.. a loving man just trying to make it to the following day alive.. DARRELL.. WE ALL BELIEVE IN YOU, AND ANYONE THAT WONT SAY THE SAME... STRAIGHT DONT KNOW YOU!!!

Johnny-angel
Johnny-angel

Yeah I'm sure he beat himself up and fractured two of his rib, just for something to do on a Friday night. It was midnight when all of this started and the band was supposedly sitting in their van"chatting" in a dark alley...how the hell do they know what his face looked like. I had just dropped Darrell off at the motel around 9:15 PM and he did not have a mark on him at that time. Yes, he had been drinking and "something" got started, but your precious band members are not with out fault in this mess. I do not condone Darrell's behavior at all and I am very relieved that the drummer was not hurt worse, as no one deserves that kind of violence, but neither did Darrell and willing or not he is suffering the consequences, at an expense that you will never know!

Margaux55025
Margaux55025

And besides the fact that all you ignorant idiots need to know all the real story, ima family member and im 100% POSITIVE! this is NOT exactly how everything went. it kills me seeing him like this.

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