The investigation into the apparent murders of two Vagos named Scott Gardner and Brian Davis took a weird twist Wednesday.
The two men died of injuries sustained in the parking lot of a bar called the Sportspage in San Bernardino, California at about 7:30 p.m. last Sunday. Their alleged killer was another Vago named Beau Gabriel Hempel. A police spokesman declined to list Gardner and Davis’ injuries. The spokesman did say, “There was an altercation in the bar that spilled out into the parking lot. It looks like the suspect and victims all knew each other…. All of the involved parties are members of the same outlaw motorcycle gang.”
Hempel fled the scene on his motorcycle and turned himself in to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Morongo Basin Station sometime during the night. The station is about 60 miles from the Sportspage and Hempel lived in nearby Joshua Tree, He was formally arrested by the San Bernardino Police Department at 7:00 a.m. Monday and charged with two counts of first degree murder. Both counts carried mandatory penalties of either life in prison or death.
Hempel was born in Mabank, Texas on March 21, 1979. He spent a night in jail for assault in Las Vegas in December 2011. After his arrest he lived with his father in Seattle and he moved to Joshua Tree before April 3, 2002. He likes motorcycles and tough dogs. His criminal record in California appears clean for the last 15 years except for 11 traffic tickets.
A member of the Vagos, speaking anonymously, said, “Beau was very respected. Everyone is pretty shocked.”
After his arrest Hempel was booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Bail was not set and there is no record that he was ever represented by an attorney.
Thirty-four hours after his arrest Hempel was released from custody without bail. There is currently no record of the murder case with the San Bernardino Superior Court and the matter appears to be closed.
It is unusual for a double murder case to be resolved so rapidly and extrajudicially without any official explanation.