Biker Gang Fugitive Slaying

February 27, 2012 by staff 

Biker Gang Fugitive Slaying, A Hells Angels member missing since October has been arrested on suspicion of gunning down a fellow member of the notorious biker gang at their local chapter president’s funeral, police said.

Police tracked Steve Ruiz, 38, to a Days Inn Motel in Fremont, south of San Francisco, where he surrendered and was arrested on Saturday “for his murder warrant,” San Jose Police Department spokesman Jason Dwyer said in a statement. Ruiz was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

According to police, Ruiz gunned down fellow gang member Steve Tausan, 52, on October 15, 2011, at the funeral of local Hells Angels president Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, who was slain during a brawl with a rival gang at a Nevada casino in September 2011.

Police said Tausan, who was Pettigrew’s close friend, and others confronted Ruiz at the funeral over his perceived failure to have protected Pettigrew during the casino melee, prompting Ruiz to pull a gun on Tausan.

“The victim and suspect … reportedly became involved in a physical altercation,” Dwyer said. “During the fight, the suspect apparently drew a firearm and fatally shot the victim.”

The Ruiz arrest marks the latest development in a saga of violence between two rival biker groups — the Hells Angels and Vagos — which has led to multiple deaths and injuries.

The U.S. Justice Department has named both groups as outlaw gangs engaged in drug and weapons trafficking and other violent crimes.

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