Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ruiz Arrested For Tausan's Homicide At Hells Angels Funeral In San Jose

Steve Ruiz

Hells Angels murder suspect caught at a Fremont Hotel over the weekend.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 26, 2012

San Jose - On Sunday, police reported the arrest of Steve Ruiz, 38, of San Jose for the alleged October 15, 2011 homicide of Steve Tausan, 52, at the Oak Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in San Jose. Homicide investigators learned that Ruiz was hiding out at a local hotel and executed a warrant. Ruiz was taken into custody on Saturday night at the Days Inn in Fremont without incident.
Both Ruiz and Tausan are members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Tausan was the sergeant-at-arms for the Santa Cruz chapter and Ruiz belonged to the San Jose chapter.
They were among the 4,000 mourners attending the funeral for San Jose Hells Angels chapter President, Jeffrey Pettigrew, 51, who was killed inside a Nevada casino during a bike rally.
Ruiz and Tausan got into an altercation at Pettigrew's funeral and Tausan was fatally shot after he punched Ruiz at the funeral gathering. When police arrived at the scene, investigators found that evidence at the crime scene was tempered with and the scene was cleaned up by fellow Hells Angels. Police were able to get enough evidence to identify Ruiz as the alleged suspect who killed Tausan. Ruiz had been a fugitive since last October.
On September 23, 2011, Pettigrew was fatally shot four times in the back inside the John Ascauga's Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nevada.
Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, 53, a rival member of the Vago's Motorcycle Club has been charged with Pettigrew's homicide.

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