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

 

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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One Response to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Accused Killer of Jeffrey Pettigrew Arrested in San Francisco”

  1. A.K.A. Spyder Says:

    Take care Jethro,it was a pleasure to party with you on more than 1 occasion.I will miss you but will never forget you.

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