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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Hells Angel Cesar Villagrana Pleads Not Guilty – Judge Bans Hells Angels Duds in the Courtroom

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Hells Angel’s member Cesar Villagrana pleaded not guilty in court to a second-degree murder charge for his role in the death of his chapter president, Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, in a September 23 shootout in a Reno, Nevada casino. Villagrana is not accused of killing Pettigrew, but rather charged with murder because he was a “principal participant in the brawl the led to the death of Pettigrew.”

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However, the real story that came out of Villagrana’s court appearance is whether other Hells Angels can appear in court at his trial wearing clothing that symbolizes membership in the Hells Angels. Villagrana’s defense attorney Richard Schonfeld objected when the judge said she intended to ban “colors, patches, emblems or insignias showing gang affiliation in her courtroom during the trial.”

Schonfeld told Judge Connie Steinheimer , “The Hells Angels are a motorcycle club, not a gang, and should be referred to that way.”

To prove his point Schonfeld said, “There’s a difference between a leather jacket and red clothing associated with the Hells Angels and a ‘nice button up shirt’ with a subtle insignia bearing the club emblem.”

Schonfeld asked one member in the audience to stand and show his black shirt with the club’s emblem about the size of the palm of his hand above his left pocket.

“It’s not offensive, per se,” Schonfeld said. “They are not ashamed of being members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club. They don’t want to appear they are hiding from it.”

But the judge insisted. “I don’t want people identified as one motorcycle club against another motorcycle club when in the courtroom,” she said.

Schonfeld also pointed out in 2003 a federal judge allowed Hells Angels members in the courtroom to wear “full leather jackets with patches” at a trial involving a deadly brawl between the Hells Angels and rival Mongols.”

I agree with Schonfeld and I think the judge is overreacting. What’s the difference if members of the Hells Angels wear clothing that identifies themselves as members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang? Especially in light of the fact that Hells Angels members have already agreed not to wear leather jackets and red clothing associated with the Hells Angels in court, and have instead said they will wear a simple “button-down black shirt with a Hells Angels insignia over the left pocket.”

Sometimes judges overstep their bounds, and in my opinion, this is one of those cases. The judge should worry about mediating the murder trial and not what kind of attire the people in the court audience are wearing.

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Hells Angels Biker in Nevada Court Over Shootout

By SCOTT SONNER Associated Press

RENO, Nev. December 2, 2011 (AP)

A California member of the Hells Angels pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree murder for his role in the death of his chapter president in a September shootout in a Nevada casino.

Cesar Villagrana of Gilroy also pleaded not guilty to shooting and wounding two members of the rival Vagos motorcycle gang in the melee.

Villagrana is not suspected of shooting his longtime friend and San Jose chapter leader Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew. However. authorities said he was charged with murder because he was a principal participant in the brawl the led to the death in Sparks on Sept. 23.

Washoe District Judge Connie Steinheimer set a tentative Jan. 17 trial date for Villagrana, the same day Ernesto Gonzalez of San Francisco — a Vagos member indicted for murder — is due to stand trial.

Authorities suspect Gonzalez fired the shots that killed Pettigrew

The judge, however, indicated the trial might not begin until the end of 2012.

Prosecutor Karl Hall expects suspect Gary Stuart Rudnick, who was arrested in Los Angeles in connection with Pettigrew’s killing, to be returned to Reno and arraigned before Dec. 7.

Rudnick, vice president of the Vagos Los Angeles chapter, was indicted on a second-degree murder charge.

Rudnick, who goes by the nickname “Jabbers,” is not accused of firing any shots, but police said he was to blame for starting the fight that turned the casino floor into a shooting gallery during a biker rally in Reno-Sparks.

Investigators later retrieved dozens of shell casings and bullets — one lodged in a slot machine, others in bar stools, a card table and a metal poker chip holder.

The two Vagos members shot that night survived. A third Vagos was shot near the casino the next morning and also survived. Police have no suspects in that shooting.

Villagrana’s defense attorney Richard Schonfeld said after Thursday’s arraignment that he intends to seek a separate trial for his client. He also plans to file motions challenging unspecified actions by the grand jury.

In court, Schonfeld objected when the judge said she intended to ban colors, patches, emblems or insignias showing gang affiliation in her courtroom during the trial.

The Hells Angels are a motorcycle club, not a gang, and should be referred to that way, Schonfeld said.

Schonfeld said there’s a difference between a leather jacket and red clothing associated with the Hells Angels and a “‘nice button up shirt” with a subtle insignia bearing the club emblem. He asked one member in the audience to stand and display his black shirt with the club’s emblem about the size of the palm of his hand above his left pocket.

“It’s not offensive, per se,” Schonfeld said. “They are not ashamed of being members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club. They don’t want to appear they are hiding from it.”

Schonfeld said a federal judge in Las Vegas allowed full leather jackets with patches at a trial involving a deadly brawl between the Hells Angels and rival Mongols at a 2002 motorcycle rally in Laughlin, a resort town about 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

“I don’t want people identified as one motorcycle club against another motorcycle club when in the courtroom,” the judge said.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Hells Angels Pettigrew Killing a “Mistake”

Posted in criminals, crooks, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, Hell's Angels, Mexico, mobs, Mobsters, murder, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

 

Leave it to a guy called “Jabbers” to start a national incident that led to several killings, including that of Jeffrey “Jethro'” Pettigrew, the late president of the Hells Angels San Jose chapter.

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It stared on September 23 at a weekend biker festival in Reno, Nevada. Hells Angels members and members of the rival Vagos motorcycle gang were itching for a fight, and as a result, the leaders of both groups met on the casino floor in the Sparks hotel to smooth things over. According to court documents, Pettigrew told the boss of the Vagos motorcycle gang, “Everything is going to be all right. I’m getting too old for this.”

The Vagos gang leader replied, “I’m getting too old for this too.”

“This was diffused by national,” the Vagos leader said. “The national (leaders) went down there and talked to them. Everything was worked out, there was no problems.”

However, Jabbers, whose real name is Gary Stuart Rudnick, would have none of that. He was still itching for a fight, so he kept taunting Pettigrew, which incited Pettigrew to punch Jabbers in the face. This caused all hell to break loose on the floor of the casino. Suddenly shots were flying all over the joint, and when the dust settled, Pettigrew was lying dead on the casino floor, shot four times in the back, allegedly by Vagos member Ernesto Gonzalez, who is presently in jail, without bail, awaiting trial.

A witness to the shootings, who described himself as being in the “higher echelon'” of Vagos leadership “before this event.” said about Jabbers, “Jabbers has a big mouth. He’s always had a big mouth.”

Jabbers was the vice president of the Vagos Los Angeles chapter, but because of him inciting the riot that led to several murders, he has subsequently been kicked out of the club.

Tapes of the entire incident were available to the grand jury from the casino’s 448 video cameras. In one scene, Jabbers can be seen putting on his gloves, moment before the shooting started. An unnamed Vagos witness described to the grand jury, what was on the cameras.

“There’s Jabbers putting on his gloves,” the witness said. “The reason he is putting on his gloves is for one reason only, it is a premeditated thing they are going to start some action. This thing is going to go off.”

If only Jabbers had kept his mouth shut, several men, including Pettigrew, would still be alive, and several others, including Jabbers, would not have been indicted on murder charges.

This is another sad example when the old maxim applies: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, keep your damn trap shut.”

Jabbers indeed.

The following article can be seen at:

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2011/11/24/ap_exclusive_witness_biker_killing_was_a_mistake/

AP Exclusive: Witness: Biker killing was a mistake

By Scott Sonner

Associated Press / November 24, 2011

RENO, Nev.—Chatting peacefully on the floor of a Nevada casino, a senior Hells Angels leader and a 27-year veteran of the rival Vagos motorcycle gang thought they had negotiated a truce between competing members who’d been itching for a fight at a weekend long biker festival.

“Everything is going to be all right,” the Vagos member recalls his rival telling him. “He said, `I’m getting too old for this.’ And I said, `I’m getting too old for this too.'”

An hour later, a brawl erupted and a shootout ensued, killing one of the highest-ranking Hells Angels in the country and wounding two Vagos members.

More violence has followed the melee at the hotel-casino in Sparks on Sept. 23, but the longtime Vagos member told a grand jury in Reno earlier this month that the deadly gun battle was not part of some assassination plot or formal declaration of war.

Rather, he testified under the condition of confidentiality that it was the result of the unauthorized behavior of a drunken, fellow Vagos — a loud-mouthed, loose cannon nicknamed “Jabbers” who provoked the fight that led to the fatal shooting.

“Jabbers has a big mouth. He’s always had a big mouth,” said the witness, who described himself as being in the “higher echelon'” of Vagos leadership “before this event.”

Jabbers, whose real name is Gary Stuart Rudnick, was the vice president of the Vagos Los Angeles chapter but since has been kicked out of the club, according to the confidential witness. He’s one of three men indicted on murder charges in the killing of Jeffrey “Jethro'” Pettigrew, the late president of the Hells Angels San Jose chapter.

Rudnick had refused to back down even after national Vagos officers were summoned and talks with Hells Angels’ leaders had calmed the volatile situation shortly after 10 p.m., the grand jury witness said.

“This was diffused by national,” he said. “The national (leaders) went down there and talked to them. Everything was worked out, there was no problems.”

But about an hour later, Rudnick again was taunting Pettigrew, who the witness said “in the Hells Angels world is one of the most important guys in the United States.” Finally, he said Pettigrew had enough and punched Rudnick in the face, touching off a series of fights that led to the gunfire.

“All hell broke loose,” the witness testified. “Just bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam.”

Another Vagos, Ernesto Gonzalez, is accused of shooting Pettigrew four times in the back and is being held without bail on an open murder charge. Rudnick and Cesar Villagrana, a Hells Angel member accused of shooting two Vagos that night, face second-degree murder charges for their role in the fracas.

“There were so many shots, shots going off through this whole melee,” the witness said. “I’m surprised a citizen didn’t get shot because anyone could have walked around the corner or walked out of the bathroom and got shot.”

The 278-page transcript entered into the court record earlier this week offers a look at the mayhem in the jam-packed Nugget hotel-casino shortly before midnight on Sept. 23 — much of it captured on the casino’s 448 security cameras. Investigators later retrieved dozens of shell casings and bullets — one lodged in a slot machine, others in bar stools, a card table and a metal poker chip holder.

“It was a madhouse on that casino floor,” said Sparks police officer Jean Marie Walsh, a 22-year veteran of the force. She testified that she arrived at the casino to find Pettigrew shot in the floor before she noticed Villagrana with a black semi-automatic handgun.

“One gentleman was screaming at me when he saw me see Villagrana with the gun in his hand — `Kill him, kill him, kill him, he’s right there. Kill him!'” she said.

“We are just trying to get some semblance of control, trying to keep people from shooting other people,” she said, as the grand jurors looked at surveillance tape.

She instructed friends of Pettigrew to carry him closer to an exit so paramedics could safely treat him.

In addition to a total of five gunshot wounds, Pettigrew suffered multiple stab wounds to the face, said Dr. Ellen Clark, the Washoe County medical examiner who performed the autopsy. She said his nose had been sliced and one nostril was “almost completely detached from the nose.”

Pettigrew’s wounds were “distributed literally from his head to his pelvis,” Clark said.

The Vagos witness also described an element of the surveillance tapes to the grand jurors.

“There’s Jabbers putting on his gloves. The reason he is putting on his gloves is for one reason only, it is a premeditated thing they are going to start some action. This thing is going to go off.”

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Hells Angel Sues Livermore Police Over False Gun Charge

Posted in criminals, crooks, FBI, Gangs, Hell's Angels, New York City, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs



This may be another case where police have planted false evidence against an innocent person. Only instead of this happening in New York City, it happened 3000 miles away in a suburb of San Francisco.

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According to a suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Hells Angels member Joel Silva claims he was arrested in 2008 by Livermore police on a false gun charge. Silva is seeking $1 million in damages from Liverpool.

It all started on September, 5, 2008, when Silva and 11 other motorcycle riders stopped at a gas station on First Street off Interstate 580. At the gas station, Michael Fenton got into an argument with off-duty air marshal Shawn Futrell, who claimed Fenton tired to force him off the road, which caused him to lose control of his motorcycle. Futrell called Livermore police, who arrested Felton. They also handcuffed Silva, but they finally let him go.

As Silva was mounting his motorcycle to leave the gas station, he was surrounded by police who demanded that they search his motorcycle. Silva refused, but the police searched his motorcycle anyway, and they claimed they found a .38 caliber handgun.

Silva was arrested on suspicion of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and he spent 24 hours in jail before he was released. Strangely, no charges were filed in Alameda County, but Silva was later charged in federal court on possession of an illegal handgun. However, the judge threw out the case, saying that whether Silva had a handgun or not, the police had violated Silva’s Fourth Amendment rights.

All too often in America, rogue policemen get caught playing the role of God; thinking they can get away with just about anything because they are the law. In New York City, several narcotics detectives were recently arrested and charged with “flaking,” or planting drugs on innocent people. What happed to Silva could happen to any one of us, if in the eyes of a policeman, he considers us a “suspicious looking character.”

I hope Silva is successful with his lawsuit. Maybe then it will force more policemen in America to start playing by the rules.

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http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19292478

Hells Angel sues Livermore, seeks $1 million in damages

By Robert Jordan
Contra Costa Times

A member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has sued Livermore for $1 million, claiming police violated his civil rights by falsely accusing him of carrying a handgun.

Joel Silva filed suit against the city in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Friday. The Sonoma County resident claims the false handgun claim stemmed from a Sept. 5, 2008, incident when another club member was involved in an altercation with an off-duty air marshal.

Livermore has not yet responded to the claim.

According to court records, the incident occurred after Silva and a group of 11 other riders on Interstate 580 exited onto First Street to stop for gas. While filling up, member Michael Fenton got into an altercation with Shawn Futrell, an off-duty air marshal, who accused Fenton of trying to force him off the freeway, which caused him to lose control of his motorcycle.

Futrell called Livermore police, who detained Silva and the 11 other members. Silva said he was handcuffed, searched and detained twice by police before being let go. Fenton was arrested.

As Silva was preparing to leave, officers surrounded him and demanded to search his motorcycle. According to the suit, Silva refused but police searched anyway and claimed to find a .38 caliber handgun.

Silva was arrested on suspicion of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. He spent 24 hours in jail but no charges were filed in Alameda County. Silva was later charged in federal court based on the claim that he had a handgun.

A federal judge later ruled that whether or not Silva had a handgun, his Fourth Amendment rights were violated and suppressed the evidence, according to the suit.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob- Hells Angel Killed in Road Rage Motorcycle Accident

Posted in Gangs, Hell's Angels, mobs, murder, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs


It seems that the only luck the Hells Angels have had lately is bad luck.

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I never thought Jon Roberts (Riccobono) was a boy scout, but some of the revelations in his new book “My Life — From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset,” makes me want to puke.

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The book, co-written by Evan Wright, has some startling passages, so much so New York Post’s writer Susan Cahalan asked in a recent interview asked Roberts, “So would you call yourself a psychopath?”

“Well, that depends on how you define psychopath,” Roberts said.

“A lack of empathy or remorse.”

“Well, then, yes I am,” Roberts said. “I enjoyed my life. How many other people lived the life I did? Maybe that Bernie guy, but who else?”

That Bernie guy must mean Bernie Madoff. But even Madoff, a different kind of psychopath, didn’t do the things Roberts said he did. Roberts claims in the book that he unemotionally carved up dead bodies of guys he just killed.

Roberts explained the process as such: “Smash the teeth in with a hammer, and sprinkle these in the water. Then take a sharp knife — like a fillet for fish — and cut the body from a–hole up to the solar plexus. The guts will pop out like Jiffy Pop.”

There’s one thing in the Post article below I just don’t agree with. Cahalan claims, “To be fair, Roberts didn’t have much of a shot at normalcy.”

Then she cites the fact that Roberts witnessed his father kill a man when Roberts was only seven-years-old. Plus, Roberts claims he was brought up by an abusive step-father.

Both are hardly reasons for anyone to embark on a life of crime, where chopping up dead bodies is the norm. Roberts had free will, just like we all do. I just don’t buy Cahalan’s reasoning. If she were right, we’d have a heck of a lot more homicidal maniacs on our hands then we presently do.

A scary thought indeed.

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http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/books/confessions_of_psychopath_64mzAOWF9moWdnM6mhiAEM

Confessions of a psychopath

By SUSANNAH CAHALAN

Posted: 13 Nov 2011 08:34 AM PST

- Roberts claims that he drugged Ed Sullivan and tried to blackmail him with a prostitute. -

Unapologetic to the end, a career killer tells of his crimes

American Desperado

My Life — From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset

by Jon Roberts and Evan Wright

Jon Roberts was a made man, a drug smuggler, a killer. He hobnobbed with OJ Simpson and Ed Sullivan, rubbed shoulders with Pablo Escobar and Carlo Gambino, and made enemies out of John Gotti and Ronald Reagan.

He tortured college students for fun, helped snuff-out “mob accountant” Meyer Lansky’s stepson and admits to brutalizing his ex-girlfriend with a belt when she tried to leave him. He flooded the country with cocaine in the 1980s.

Regrets? He has none.

“So would you call yourself a psychopath?” The Post asked him on Friday.

“Well, that depends on how you define psychopath,” Roberts said.

“A lack of empathy or remorse.”

“Well, then, yes I am,” he said. “I enjoyed my life. How many other people lived the life I did? Maybe that Bernie guy, but who else?”

A new disturbing but intensely enthralling as-told-to memoir, “American Desperado,” co-written and vetted by “Generation Kill” author Evan Wright, gets deep inside the head of a lifelong criminal.

While the book is littered with famous names — a testament to what Wright refers to as his place as the “Forrest Gump of crime and depravity” — there are also passages so dark and violent that you wonder how a man this sinister can sleep at night.

One example is his blithe advice about how to dispose of a body: “Smash the teeth in with a hammer, and sprinkle these in the water. Then take a sharp knife — like a fillet for fish — and cut the body from a–hole up to the solar plexus. The guts will pop out like Jiffy Pop.”

“In a lot of other books, they take these monstrous people and they edit down and shave off the rough edges,” Wright said. “I tried to render him as accurately as possible, as the frightening, monstrous person he is.”

To be fair, Roberts didn’t have much of a shot at normalcy.

In 1955, when Roberts (who was born John Riccobono in The Bronx) was 7 years old, his father, a made man in the Gambino crime family, took him to New Jersey. A car blocked their passageway on a bridge.

“I’ll take care of this,” his father said, pulling out a gun.

“I saw him take it out of his waistband and say something to the man in the car. Then he pushed his gun into the window.”

Bam, bam, bam.

The scene instilled in him his father’s philosophy: “The evil path is the strong path because evil is stronger than good.”

He lived a large portion of his life upholding his father’s credo.

Two years later, his illegal-alien father was deported to Italy, leaving him with an abused mother and an abusive stepfather.

Source: nypost.com

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First in August, Hell’s Angel Jonathan Bacon was shot to death in Kelowna, British Columbia, outside the Delta Hotel. Larry Amero, a full-patch member of the White Rock chapter of the Hells Angels, was also shot in the same incident.

Then Hells Angel leader Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew was killed on September 23 in a Reno Casino. And at Pettigrew’s funeral, Hells Angel Steve Tausan was gunned down and his alleged killer Steve Ruiz is still on the run.

Now a Hells Angel, known only as George of the California Nomads, was killed in an apparent road rage incident while traveling on his motorcycle in Oakland, California. Apparently a paratransit van driver named Eddie Hall took exception when he was allegedly cut off by a group of Hells Angels traveling on their motorcycles.

Hall was so enraged, he swerved his van into the cadre of Hells Angels on their bikes. As a result, George of the California Nomads had his motorcycle caught on the front of the van (with George still in it). Hall, instead of stopping, drove several miles with George stuck on the front of the van. When Hall finally stopped in San Leandro, George was so mangled up, he died soon after at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

Hall was arrested and charged with with felony hit and run. The police say they could find no previous connection between Hall and the Hells Angels, and they are fairly certain this was a case of road rage gone deadly.

Hall worked for an East Bay paratransit company, and the officials at that company say the Hall was “a model employee.”

In light of this road rage incident, they may have to modify Hall’s employee evaluation record.

The article below can be read at:

http://sfist.com/2011/10/24/hells_angel_killed_in_hit_and_run_d.php

Hells Angel Killed in Hit-and-Run, Dragged Down Freeway

The Hells Angels sure have been in the news a bunch lately, with that funeral murder and the suspect disappearing (and there was the whole mortgage fraud thing too). And now one of their ranks was killed in a pretty violent fashion on Saturday in Oakland in what appears to have been a road-rage incident. A paratransit van, whose driver may have been enraged by a group of Angels who cut him off on eastbound 580, swerved and struck one of the motorcyclists, whose body and bike became caught on the front of the van and were subsequently dragged for miles before the driver pulled over in San Leandro.

The driver of the van, 31-year-old Eddie Hall, has no previous criminal record and no previous traffic citations on his record. The victim, identified only as George of the California Nomads, was on his way to a get-together with several other Angels at the Hells Angels Oakland chapter headquarters. He was pronounced dead at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley Saturday evening. Hall has been charged with felony hit and run, and there is no evidence to suggest that he was connected to the Angels in any way, or that there was any motive beyond road rage, which was suggested by a Hells Angels representative. The East Bay paratransit company for which Hall worked says he was a model employee.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Suspect in the Murder of Steve Tausan Is On the Run

Posted in criminals, Gangs, gangsters, Hell's Angels, mobs, Mobsters, murder, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

 

The Hells Angels saga, that started with the September murder of Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew in a Reno casino, continues.

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Steve Tausan, who according to the article below, was a friend of Pettigrew, was gunned down at Pettigrew’s October 15th funeral. Despite a heavy police present at Pettigrew’s funeral, Tausan’s killer somehow managed to escape. Now if has come to light that person being sought for the murder of Tausan is Steve Ruiz, also a member of the Hells Angels.

Sgt. Jason Dwyer of the San Jose, Calif., police department told ABCNews.com. that police believe Ruiz has two black eyes and other injuries, consistent with being in a fight. He is believed to be on the run with his girlfriend, Christel Renee Trujillo, 42, and traveling in a gold or pewter Chevrolet Suburban.

So far Ruiz has managed to stay one step ahead of the law, but Sgt. Dwyer says that tips are continuing to pour in as to Ruiz’ whereabouts. One such tip lead the police to a Stockton, California home, but when the police arrived, Ruiz, probably tipped off himself, had already flown the coop.

“We will follow every single lead until we find him,” Dwyer said. “We have investigators working around the clock.”

In light of the fact that the police have acted so inept during this entire situation (how Ruiz managed to shoot and kill Tausan at Pettigrew’s funeral with the cemetery teeming with cops is beyond belief), it’s more likely that Ruiz will finally be captured by the Hells Angels friends of the two deceased men (Tausan and Pettigrew). If that happens, the San Jose police (Keystone Cops?) will have more murder suspects to find, and if the past is any prediction of the future, they won’t be able to find those murder suspects either.

The article below can be read at:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/search-hells-angels-murder-suspect/story?id=14796754

Police Step Up Search for Hells Angels Shooting Suspect

Steve Ruiz, 38, of San Jose is being sought for allegedly shooting and killing fellow Hells Angels member Steve Tausan, 52, after the two fought Oct. 15 at a funeral for a slain motorcycle club member, according to police. (SFPD)

By ALYSSA NEWCOMB and KATTI GRAY
Oct. 23, 2011

Police searched a Stockton, Calif., home and the surrounding area late Saturday night after receiving a tip that the suspected shooter of a Hells Angel member was hiding out in the central California town.

But the search for Steve Ruiz, 38, turned up empty, Sgt. Jason Dwyer of the San Jose, Calif., police department told ABCNews.com.

Ruiz, who is also a Hells Angels member, is wanted for allegedly gunning down Steve Tausan, 52, last weekend at a San Jose cemetery where thousands were attending the burial of another Hells Angels member who was murdered last month at a Nevada casino.

Tausan had told the San Jose Mercury News that he had received death threats following his friend’s murder Sept. 23, the newspaper reported.

Tausan was notoriously tried and acquitted for the 1997 fatal beating of a Pink Poodle strip club patron.

At the time of his death, he served as the sergeant-at-arms of the Santa Cruz, Calif., Hells Angels chapter.

Despite a heavy police presence at the memorial, the entire crime scene had already been cleaned before authorities could reach the scene, Dwyer said.

Police believe Ruiz has two black eyes and other injuries, consistent with being in a fight.

He is believed to be traveling with his girlfriend, Christel Renee Trujillo, 42, in a gold or pewter Chevrolet Suburban, Dwyer said.

Tips are pouring in, although Dwyer declined to elaborate on any specific information.

“We will follow every single lead until we find him,” he said. “We have investigators working around the clock.”

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Accused Killer of Jeffrey Pettigrew Arrested in San Francisco

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, Hell's Angels, mobs, Mobsters, murder, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

 

It took less than 2 weeks after the incident, but the suspected killer of Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, the president of the San Jose Chapter of the Hells Angels, was arrested on the campus of the University of California.

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Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, alleged member of the Vagos motorcycle gang, was sitting his his car, a block away from campus police headquarters. Sgt. Gutierrez of the San Francisco police department noticed that Gonzalez was acting suspicious and seemed quite nervous, so he asked Gonzalez for his license and registration. A routine background check discovered that Gonzalez had a warrant out for his arrest in Nevada for the murder of Pettigrew.

UCSF Police Chief Pam Roskowski said that authorities throughout California and Nevada were told to be on the lookout for Gonzalez., “It’s just good old-fashioned police work. The sergeant is an experienced investigator who simply trusted and followed his instincts.”

Gonzalez is accused of killing Pettigrew during a shootout inside John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino in Sparks, Nevada on September 23. The evidence against Gonzalez came from surveillance photos taken of Gonzalez inside the casino, which matched photos the California Highway Patrol took of Reno-bound motorcycle gang members in the hours leading up to the casino shooting.

According to Sparks Police Detective John Patton, Gonzalez, who appeared in pictures with other Vagos gang members at a gas station in Applegate, on Interstate 80 between Reno and Sacramento, was wearing the same clothes when he was seen on the casino security video — a green long-sleeve shirt, a black Vagos vest, black jeans and black sunglasses.

Gonzalez is being held in a San Francisco jail awaiting his extradition back to Sparks, Nevada, where his indictment for first-degree murder will take place.

Gonzalez could fight the extradition from California to Nevada, which is his right. And although it is not certain if Gonzalez has an attorney to represent him at the present time, if he doesn’t, both the states of Nevada and California are required to make sure Gonzalez has proper legal representation.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. There is no indication that there are any eyewitnesses to the shooting of Pettigrew, and all evidence at this time against Gonzalez seems to be circumstantial evidence.

In addition, if there were any eyewitnesses to Pettigrew’s murder, people belonging to motorcycle gangs are not likely to come forward and become informants. They tend to handle these types of matters “in house,” if you know what I mean.

Like I said, this could be interesting.

The two articles below can be found at:

http://kliv.com/Pettigrew-murder-suspect-awaiting-extradition/11073053
and

http://www.ktvu.com/news/29346309/detail.html

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police from Nevada are in the Bay Area to lay the groundwork for the extradition of a man accused of killing a San Jose man in a Sparks, Nevada casino. Authorities say Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez was taken into custody Thursday on the University of California, San Francisco campus.

The 53-year-old alleged member of the Vagos motorcycle gang is accused of killing Jeffrey Pettigrew, the president of the San Jose Chapter of the Hells Angels. The Sparks Police Department says authorities haven’t ruled out more arrests.

Sparks detectives say Gonzalez must appear in court on a fugitive-from-justice charge before formal extradition procedures can begin. However, they don’t know when that will happen or if Gonzalez will fight it.

Pettigrew, a long-time employee of the San Jose Department of Transportation was 51 years old when he was killed on September 23rd.

Rival club leader arrested in Hells Angels slaying

SAN FRANCISCO: Alleged killer of Hells Angels president found at UCSF

A man accused of killing the leader of the San Jose Hells Angels in a shootout at a Nevada casino has been arrested on a college campus in San Francisco, authorities said Friday.

Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, an alleged member of the rival Vagos motorcycle gang, was taken into custody Thursday after a University of California, San Francisco police sergeant spotted him in a parked car just a block from campus police headquarters, UCSF Police Chief Pam Roskowski said Friday.

Sgt. John Gutierrez was on routine patrol when he spotted a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu with Washington state license plates and saw a man inside acting nervously shortly after 8 p.m., Roskowski said.

Gutierrez then asked Gonzalez, 53, of San Jose, for his keys and driver’s license. A background check quickly revealed Gonzalez’s arrest warrant in the Nevada murder.

He was arrested without incident.

“It’s just good old-fashioned police work,” Roskowski said of Gutierrez, noting authorities across California and Nevada were told to be on the lookout for Gonzalez. “The sergeant is an experienced investigator who simply trusted and followed his instincts.”

Gonzalez is being held in the San Francisco jail pending his extradition back to Sparks, Nev., where police accuse him of killing Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, 51, of San Jose during a shootout inside John Ascuaga’s Nugget hotel and casino last Friday.

It wasn’t immediately known if Gonzalez has an attorney.

Gonzalez allegedly shot Pettigrew, president of the San Jose chapter of the Hells Angels and a city transportation worker, four times in the back, authorities said. They believed Gonzalez was in hiding and feared rival bikers would track him down before they could.

Two Vagos members also were wounded in the Sept. 23 shootout, and a third was shot in the stomach the next morning by a gunman in a passing car. Saturday’s shooting happened a few blocks from the Nugget and the town square where the 18th annual Street Vibrations motorcycle rally was being held.

Sparks Mayor Geno Martini canceled the event and declared a state of emergency amid fears the gang violence might continue.

Police Sgt. Greta Woyciehowsky said Friday authorities have no new leads or evidence to definitively connect the casino shootout and the shooting the next day of a Vagos gang member by a gunman in a black sedan. But she said the circumstances indicate they were linked.

“We had an individual that was dressed out in Vagos attire, in the color green, riding on a motorcycle and the people come up next to him in a car and shoot at him five times,”‘ Woyciehowsky said a news conference. “I think you can reasonably assume that was an act of retaliation.”

Investigators say they were able to track Gonzalez in part by matching up casino surveillance footage with photographs the California Highway Patrol took of a number of Reno-bound motorcycle gang members in the hours leading up to the casino gunbattle.

Gonzalez appears in pictures with other Vagos members at a gas station in Applegate, along Interstate 80 between Reno and Sacramento.

He was wearing the same clothing as when he was captured on the casino security video — a green long-sleeve shirt, a black Vagos vest, black jeans and black sunglasses, Sparks Police Detective John Patton said in an affidavit.

Patton wrote in the affidavit made public Thursday that those photos were taken Sept. 24 — the day after the casino shooting. But Woyciehowsky told reporters Friday that date was in error and in fact the photos were taken a day earlier, on Sept. 23.

Sparks detectives traveled to San Francisco late Thursday to assist in the investigation and begin to lay the way for Gonzalez’s extradition to Nevada, where he is wanted on the warrant for first-degree murder.

Gonzalez must appear in court in San Francisco to face a charge of being a fugitive from justice before the formal extradition process can begin, Woyciehowsky said. She said she didn’t know when that would be or whether Gonzalez would fight it.

Woyciehowsky added authorities haven’t ruled out making additional arrests in the case. Investigators continue to interview witnesses, though some are reluctant to talk, the said.

One other person has been arrested in last weekend’s shootout. Cesar Villagrana, 36, of Gilroy, Calif., did not enter a plea during his initial arraignment Thursday on multiple felony charges, including assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say video surveillance shows Villagrana, a member of the Hells Angels, pulling out a gun from his waistband and firing into the crowd after Pettigrew was gunned down.

A hearing has been set for Oct. 5 as Villagrana’s attorneys will argue to lower his $500,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.

Villagrana’s lawyer Richard Schonfeld has said his client is a good family man with no prior felonies who cares for his ill mother and stepfather.

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