Friday, September 30, 2011

Gonzalez Arrested For The Murder Of San Jose Hells Angels President

Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew

Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez

Photo: Sparks Police Department

Campus police spotted suspicious vehicle, investigated and later identifed Gonzalez who was wanted in Nevada for murder.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 30, 2011

San Francisco, California - On Thursday, Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, 53, from San Jose was taken into custody during a routine traffic check about a block from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Police Department, according to Paul Berlin, UCSF Assistant Police Chief. Gonzalez, a member from Los Vagos Motorcycle Club was wanted in connection for the September 23, homicide of Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew, 51, president of the San Jose Hells Angels chapter at John Ascauga's Nugget Casino.
Gonzalez was inside a parked 2011 Chevrolet Malibu with Washington State plates, the UCSF police reported. UCSF Police Sergeant John Gutierrez was patrolling the area due to recent reported burglaries in the neighborhood when he noticed a vehicle with a driver inside parked half a block from the University's Mission Center building (MC) at the 1800 block of Folsom Street.
Sgt. Gutierrez parked behind the Malibu and approached Gonzalez who seemed nervous at the time. When his name was checked in the computer for warrants by Sgt. Gutierrez, Gonzalez name came up with a warrant for homicide in Nevada.
Gonzalez was taken into custody around 8:20 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday and is awaiting an extradition request from Sparks, Nevada authorities to face homicide charges.
UCSF Police Chief Pam Roskowski gave credit to Sgt. Gutierrez for the arrest of Gonzalez.
The criminal complaint states, that Gonzalez shot Pettigrew four times in the back with a .40 Caliber handgun. A video surveillance camera caught Gonzalez walking up to Pettigrew in the casino and then shot him multiple times. Gonzalez after the shooting put his gun away on his waist belt and just walked away from the scene. Pettigrew was attending the 18th Annual Street Vibrations Motorcycle Rally in Sparks, Nevada.
The five day motorcycle rally was cancelled by City of Sparks Mayor R. Geno Martini to avoid further bloodshed. The rally draws more than 30,000 people annually.

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