Sunday, September 25, 2011

San Jose Chapter Hells Angels Leader Killed During Gunfight With Los Vagos

Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew

Fatal motorcycle club dispute between Los Vagos and Hells Angels motorcycle clubs resulted in homicide.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 25, 2011

Sparks, Nevada - Police reported that Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew, 51, president of the San Jose, California chapter of the Hells Angels was fatally shot just after 11:27 p.m. on Friday at a local casino hotel. Pettigrew died after getting shot while inside the John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino hotel by a rival motorcycle club member from Los Vagos. No one has been arrested in connection with Pettigrew's death.
Pettigrew worked for the San Jose Department of Transportation for more than 20 years. He was well known in the area, especially in the biker scene.
Two Vago members were also shot in the melee inside the hotel. They were identified as Diego Garcia, 28, who was shot in one leg and Leonard Ramirez, 45, who was reported shot in the abdomen. Ramirez is expected to survive.
Cesar Villagrana, 36, a member of the Hells Angels was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and in possession of a stolen weapon, according to police. Villagrana was caught on video surveillance shooting at a crowd of bikers and people.
California court documents state, that Villagrana was charged in March for possession of a handgun. He got into a motorcycle accident in Aptos on March 17 and police investigating the scene found a loaded baretta handgun among his gear on the road. He pleaded not guilty.
The City of Sparks was taking part in a five day event of the 18 Annual Street Vibrations Motorcycle Rally over the weekend. The event draws more than 30,000 people. But after the reported homicide, Mayor Geno Martini cancelled the event to avoid further bloodshed.

Cesar Villagrana

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