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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
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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.

Fri
08
Jun
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Mongols affilliates planned Bakersfield attack on Hells Angels days in advance of fundraiser, reports say

Two days before a motorcycle wash fundraiser in Bakersfield organized by the local chapter of the Hells Angels, Ricardo Viera received a text message from an affiliate of the Mongols, another decades-old motorcycle club — and one of the Angels' biggest rivals.

"Light-em-up," read the message sent from the phone of Eliseo Ray Miranda, recently released court documents say. He also texted Viera, a "patched over" Mongols member, a photograph of an advertisement for the event.

On May 5, Miranda and two other Mongols affiliates — Christopher Clay Wilson and Arturo Desiderio — arrived at the motorcycle wash in the 3200 block of Buck Owens Boulevard in one vehicle, according to court documents. Viera, armed with a pump-action pistol grip shotgun, drove separately to the event and parked near them. 

Wed
06
Jun
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When the Angels came to town

The Hells Angels made Healdsburg their playground in the late 1960s

Wander the tree-lined downtown streets of Healdsburg today and listen. Do you hear the vibrant tunes from the Tuesday evening concerts?

Splashing water from the Plaza fountain, or shoppers and the hubbub of commerce?

If you lived here in the 1960s, you might have heard a different sound — the loud and distinctive rumble of V-twin engines and straight pipes. The Hells Angels were roaring into town. Again.

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Tue
05
Jun
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Three Mongols arrested for provoking deadly fight

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - New information from the Bakersfield Police Department shows four affiliates of the Mongols Motorcycle Club were involved in a deliberate plan to provoke a confrontation with rival members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club that ultimately led to a member of the Mongols being shot and killed. 

The shooting happened May 5, 2018. Ricardo Viera, who had a known affiliation with the Mongols, fired one round into a crowd of people at the event using an illegal firearm. At least one person suffered minor injuries.

Another person then retrieved a legally owned handgun and fired several rounds at Viera, killing him. 

Tue
05
Jun
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Federal Judge Delays Mongols Trial But Warns The Gang About Manners

Inside a stately Orange County federal courtroom on June 4, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter silently eyed a wild looking bunch of at least 25 Mongols Motorcycle Club members dominating the public seating section.

Several of the club’s crew looked bar-room ready to rumble with anyone who held their probing gazes, but Carter, a heroic U.S. Marine survivor of one of this nation’s most brutal military battles in the Vietnam War and one of the nation’s most colorful judges, wanted the motley crew to know who is in charge and not to be challenged: him.

“What a great impression you make,” the federal judge sarcastically said to the Mongols during the pre-trial hearing.

The federal government wants to take control over a notorious California motorcycle club’s trademark logos

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