The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office had a busy Sunday.
Two local motorcycle clubs, a three piece patch club and a one piece patch club, had a brief and non-violent disagreement at the David Mann Chopperfest at the County Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon. Local deputies as well as Ventura Police and the California Highway Patrol responded by stopping admission to the mostly mellow, mostly artistic event before overrunning the fairgrounds brandishing attack dogs and orange, beanbag shotguns.
There were no arrests.
Ventura County has a well established history of hostility toward motorcyclists and of pursuing bogus cases against them. About an hour after the Chopperfest panic, County Sheriff’s, including the Sheriff’s Gang Unit, and Highway Patrolmen contrived a traffic stop of a dozen Hells Angels and a chase car returning from the Ventura charter’s annual toy run.
According to a widely reprinted press release issued the next day by a Sheriff’s Sergeant named Kevin Donoghue and a Captain named Don Aguilar:
“On December 14, 2014, members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club were attending a Christmas Toy Drive event at the Deer Lodge in Meiners Oaks. Approximately a dozen motorcyclists wearing Hells Angels Motorcycle Club patches were observed driving south on Maricopa Highway towards North Ventura Avenue. Traffic violations were observed by deputies and an enforcement stop of the motorcyclists was initiated. The motorcyclists were stopped as they turned onto Baldwin Road from North Ventura Avenue.”
The Deer Lodge is about 15 miles north of Ventura and the Maricopa Highway is the kind of picturesque road everybody likes to ride. It was a cool, cloudy day.
Four men were arrested. The release identifies them as Noah Tedesco of Riverside, California; John Saucedo of Orange, California; Stefan Amann of Orange, California and Thomas Holt of Harbor City, California. All four live at least 100 miles south of Ventura.
According to Donoghue and Aguilar’s release: “During the subsequent investigation, the following items of contraband were located: two concealed loaded firearms, methamphetamine, and a weapon described as “brass knuckles”. Tedesco was arrested for possession of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm and being a prohibited person from possessing a firearm. Saucedo was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm in his vehicle. Holt was arrested for possession of brass knuckles. In addition to those violations, Tedesco and Amman were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. All subjects were booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility.”