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Lawsuit will explore Fresno’s bygone era of outlaw bikers

In the old days, Robert Williams used to drink and fight, talk back to cops, race around the Valley on a Harley chopper and cause all sorts of trouble.

It was a badge of honor to be known as a tough guy in the 5 Diamonds outlaw biker gang, he says.

Williams’ renegade image took a blow in 2014. He contends in a Fresno County Superior Court lawsuit that he was falsely accused of exposing himself to a 5-year-old girl at the Riverbend Mobile Home Park in Sanger so a manager could illegally evict him and his wife.

Now he is fighting for his life — literally.

“In his world, being labeled a child molester is a death sentence,” said Fresno attorney Justin Vecchiarelli, who has filed a defamation lawsuit to clear Williams’ name.

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Vagos Motorcycle Club targeted in raids; 22 arrested, including in Moreno Valley, Beaumont, Fontana

(32 pics)--Federal agents served arrest and search warrants in the Inland Empire and around Southern California on Friday, June 16, arresting 22 people they described as members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club.

Federal authorities consider the Vagos to be an outlaw motorcycle gang.

The arrests were made in Moreno Valley, Beaumont, Fontana, Pasadena, Granada Hills, Alhambra, Canyon Country, Hollister, San Jose, Oahu, Hawaii, Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.

Among those arrested were John Chrispin Juarez, 69, of Moreno Valley; Pastor Fausto Palafox, 53, of Beaumont; Andrew Eloy Lozano, 42, of Fontana; Paul Jeffrey Voll, 52, of Pasadena; James Patrick Gillespie, 68, of Granada Hills; and Bradley Michael Campos, 50, of Alhambra.

In Moreno Valley, about two dozen agents, along with dogs, searched a two-story home with a Spanish-style roof and American flag out front in the 10700 block of Mendoza Road.

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“Several recent violent encounters between Hells Angels and Mongols” cited in fatal gas station shooting

RIVERSIDE — City of Riverside police officials are continuing to investigate what they are calling a gang-related, double shooting at a gas station that left one motorcyclist dead, Sunday evening, May 21.

The shooting, that resulted in the death of 31-year-old, Orange resident, James Duty, happened at a Shell gas station at 3502 Adams Street, near the 91 Freeway, in Riverside.

In a recent social media update to their ongoing investigation into the deadly shooting, Riverside police officials cited “several recent violent encounters between Hells Angels and Mongols members in Riverside and Orange Counties,” as one of the factors in the fatal incident.

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RIVERSIDE: Vehicle description released in motorcycle gang shooting

RIVERSIDE – Police today released a description of a vehicle they believe is connected to a fatal shooting at a Riverside gas station in May, and sought the public’s help in locating the suspect.

The shooting happened at 10:28 p.m. on May 21 at a Shell gas station located at 3502 Adams St., Riverside police said.

There, officers found five members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang near the pumps. One of the members, James Duty, 31, was shot multiple times and later died at Riverside Community Hospital, according to Officer Ryan Railsback.

Another member was shot in the helmet he was wearing but was unscathed.

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from surrounding businesses that showed the suspect vehicle, which they described as a silver four-door sedan with black rims. Police believe the car to be a 2012 to 2014 Nissan Versa or Chevy Cruze.

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Apparent Hells Angels member killed in Riverside gas station shooting

(video)--RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) --

A man believed to be a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang was fatally shot at a Riverside gas station, and police are searching for his killer.

Officers responded to a call of a shooting at a Shell gas station at 3502 Adams St. in Riverside shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

A gas station employee, who made the 911 call, said the gunfire took place directly in front of gas pumps, Riverside police said.

According to authorities, five motorcyclists who appeared to be part of the Hells Angels gang were passing through town and stopped at the gas station to fuel their motorcycles.

Suddenly, a silver four-door sedan pulled up, a passenger got out and started shooting at the group.

Two people were hit. One motorcyclist was grazed by a bullet that hit his helmet. Authorities said he will be OK.

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Man killed in Riverside gas station shooting

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) --

A man was killed in a Riverside gas station shooting possibly involving what appeared to be members of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang.

Officers responded to a call of a shooting at a Shell gas station at 3502 Adams Street in Riverside shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

A gas station employee, who made the 911 call, said the gunfire took place directly in front of gas pumps, Riverside police said.

Once patrol officers arrived, they found a man suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Emergency crews from the Riverside Fire Department provided immediate medical aid and transported the victim to the Riverside Community Hospital, where he later died from his injuries, police said.

The victim's identity was pending a coroner's investigation.

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Oakland Recognizes 58th Anniversary of East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club

The Oakland City Council this week unanimously passed a resolution honoring the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club, “the nation’s most legendary and … elite African American motorcycle club” on the 58th anniversary of the organization´s founding.

The resolution, sponsored by Councilmembers Larry Reid and Desley Brooks, recognized the club for “being a positive social outlet for African-American men in Oakland,” with a long history of supporting charitable organizations, including riding a cure for breast cancer, AIDS awareness and violence prevention.

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Latest shooting violence not on us, says Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club

The Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club took issue Thursday with allegations that the group was responsible for a weekend shooting incident at a Fresno Motel 6 in which three people were wounded.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Wednesday that shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday multiple people began firing weapons in the motel parking lot at Olive and Crystal avenues. Three people were wounded and taken to a hospital by a party bus. The shooting happened as hundreds of motorcyclists from Northern and Southern California were in town, part of a “halfway run,” event. Motorcycle clubs come to Fresno every spring and fall in the events, which have been taking place for decades.

Eric Duarte, president of the Merced chapter of the Soul Brothers, said “We had nothing (going on) on Olive and (Highway) 99. Absolutely nothing.

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FBI and Local Agencies Discover Gang Operating In the Victor Valley

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) A 10-month long investigation conducted by several special enforcement agencies, including the FBI, targeted a criminal street gang operating in the Victor Valley.

“Investigators have determined the Below Underground criminal street gang is responsible for the distribution of illegal narcotics and violent crimes throughout Victorville City and the surrounding High Desert communities,” stated Sheriff’s officials.

Children from local schools and neighborhoods were the primary target for recruitment by the gang.

It was also determined that members and associates of the gang actively sell narcotics and weapons to further their criminal organization and to instill fear in the High Desert community.

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Antioch: Hells Angel member acquitted of serious charges, won’t face prison

MARTINEZ — A West Contra Costa man was acquitted of several serious felony charges Monday, as well as gang enhancements related to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

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Jurors did convict Steven Navarro of misdemeanor gun possession and child endangerment, but the charges he was acquitted of — conspiracy, felony gun possession, and several gang enhancements — carried a lengthy prison term. The jury’s decision, a victory for the defense, means Navarro will face a minor jail sentence, according to the prosecution.

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