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15
Oct
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How I Infiltrated a Dangerous L.A. Motorcycle Gang—and Lived to Talk About It

Sun
14
Oct
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Mongols motorcycle club returns to Palm Springs for annual event

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The Mongols motorcycle club is back in Palm Springs for their annual event -- selling out all 255 rooms at the Hilton in downtown Palm Springs. The Palm Springs police department has implemented extra security measures in the surrounding area out of "an abundance of caution."

“You can’t escape the noise...there’s a couple hundred that come in at one time with all the bikes. So you got the vibrations of the bikes coming up and yeah...it’s a pretty large spectacle,” said Shannon Anderson, the General Manager of the Hilton Palm Springs.  

Some locals expressed concern with the return of the biker group. “If you even Wikipedia them...and it says rape, murder drugs...I think it makes people feel uncomfortable,” said Marsha Robinson, a local shop owner. One bar said they refuse to let anyone inside wearing a leather Mongol vest. 

Thu
11
Oct
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Hundreds of members of outlaw Mongols motorcycle club staying in Palm Springs this weekend

(video) --- If you see more police on the streets of Palm Springs this weekend, it's because the notorious Mongols Motorcycle Club is coming to town.

The group will be holding a membership meeting at the Hilton hotel in Downtown Palm Springs and Palm Springs police will increase its presence in what police Lt. Frank Browning called "an abundance of caution."

Police wouldn't comment on their plans, but Browning, in a post on the social media site Nextdoor, said the department was expecting several hundred members of the Mongols to hit the streets this weekend.

"We have sought out the assistance of numerous police agencies to ensure everyone’s safety, and security remains a priority," he wrote.

Tue
09
Oct
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Police records: Upland council candidate Rudy Zuñiga is Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang member

A candidate for Upland City Council is more than the business owner he declares himself to be on the November ballot, according to records from Upland police. Rudy Zuñiga, 47, is a documented member of the Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang, police records show, leading the city’s top cop to question his fitness for elected office.

During a traffic stop seven years ago, Zuñiga told Upland police Officer Maurice Duran he was a member of the outlaw group, according to the field interview report filed by Duran that day. Since Zuñiga announced his candidacy for Upland City Council, he has made mention of his affiliation with motorcycle enthusiasts but has not publicly identified the group.

Wed
03
Oct
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Atascadero Police make arrests in possible gang-related assault

Suspects may have ties to Vagos Motorcycle Gang

ATASCADERO, Calif. - Police have arrested two people with possible ties to a California gang involved in a late night shooting in Atascadero.

Atascadero Police responded to a report of a fight behind the bar, Whiskey & June, located at 5950 El Camino Real around 1: 40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say a physical fight between two people escalated when one man retrieved a handgun from his truck and pointed it at the victim. The man fired a single round at the victim but missed. 

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the suspect involved in the late night assault may have possible ties to the Vagos Motorcycle Gang.

Around 11:51 a.m., officers located the possible suspect in a black truck on Olmeda and Rosario. Officers followed the truck and made a high-risk stop at the Stow It Mini Storage facility on Traffic Way.

Thu
06
Sep
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Chalk up another win for the Fresno Police Department. Another violent gang dismantled

Four years ago, the relatively unknown Malos Hechos motorcycle gang made headlines when its members brutally beat two men outside a central Fresno nightclub -- a crime that was captured on video and widely played on social media.

On Tuesday, Christopher Martinez Sr., the president of Malos Hechos, was sentenced in U.S. District Court iin Fresno to 97 months, or eight years, in federal prison on a felony drug charge, putting an end to a gang that police say was small in size, but extremely violent.

Martinez, 47, was one of four high-ranking members of Malos Hechos who were arrested in July 2016 during a multi-agency gang sweep in Fresno. The others arrested in the sweep were his son, Christopher Martinez Jr.; Randy Seja and Felix Gago.

Wed
18
Jul
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FBI raids house of Hells Angels member in Clovis

CLOVIS, Calif. (FOX26) — The FBI is raiding a house and removing property.

It started around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at a house on Fallbrook Avenue near Sunnyside and Nees. The FBI and Clovis Police are still at the house investigating.

FBI and Clovis Police arrived at the house and started calling people out of the house. Neighbors say a Hells Angels Motorcycle Club member lives in the house.

An FBI spokesperson said that agents are serving a search warrant. The FBI spokesperson said the courts have sealed the documents in the case and no other information is available.

Back in November, the Hells Angels clubhouse was also raided.

Fri
06
Jul
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Motorcycle Rider Fatally Shot On San Bernardino Freeway

(video) --- SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — One motorcyclist was shot and killed and a second has been hospitalized Friday after gunfire erupted on the 210 Freeway in San Bernardino, which has been closed until further notice.

Officers responding to the eastbound 210 Freeway at the 215 just before 4 a.m. discovered the two riders laying in lanes when they arrived. Shawn Fowler, 44, of Utah, was riding with his wife when they stopped for a mechanical problem.

Fowler was declared dead at the scene. His wife was not injured.

The second man was shot in the shoulder and was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but he is expected to survive.

Mon
25
Jun
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2 Shot, 1 Stabbed During Fight at San Bernardino Motorcycle Clubhouse: Police

An investigation was underway in San Bernardino after two people were shot and a third was stabbed during a fight at a motorcycle club hangout early Sunday morning, authorities said.

The San Bernardino Police Department at 12:30 a.m. received multiple calls regarding a shooting at the Magic Wheels Motorcycle Clubhouse located at 272 S. Mountain View Ave., officials stated in a news release.

Responding officers found a large group of people leaving the area and two victims “down” at the scene, the statement read. One victim suffered gunshot wounds while the other had been stabbed, police said. Both people — identified as a 40-year-old man and a 34-year-old man — were transported to an area hospital.

Minutes later, a 31-year-old woman arrived at a local hospital and said she had been shot at the clubhouse as well, according to authorities.

Tue
12
Jun
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Fight outside Sonora bar leads to three arrests on battery charges

Three Sonora residents were arrested early Monday after an argument at a downtown Sonora bar escalated into a brawl on South Washington Street, during which a 57-year-old man sustained head injuries.

According to Sonora Police Department logs, at least six people may have been involved in the fight, but bystanders could identify no more than the three suspects and the victim, Sonora Chief of Police Turu VanderWiel said.

VanderWiel said officers are gathering additional bystander and witness statements and seeking surveillance footage.

The fight began as an argument in Zane’s Iron Horse Lounge in downtown Sonora, VanderWiel said. Witnesses said the victim had made “disrespectful comments to other patrons in the bar.”

“At some point that person was pushed or escorted out of the bar, and then the physical altercation ensued directly after,” he said.

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