The former President of the San Bernardino chapter of the Vagos Motorcycle Club was arrested last week in Covington, Georgia on suspicion of murder.
Keith Silva, 46, is charged with the April 5, 2003 murder of Dennis Daoussis, 34, of Fontana. Daoussis was a Vagos prospect. His body was discovered in the high desert near Landers, California. Police have never stated a motive for the death.
Two years ago a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Homicide Detective named Greg Myler said Daoussis was kidnapped from a home he shared with a Vago patch holder identified only as “Hulk,” beaten, tortured for hours and murdered as a “culmination of things.”
Operation 22 Green
Myler made his cryptic remark after the arrest of another suspect in the case named David Anthony “Kilo” Beltran, who is now 34. Beltran has been variously identified as a Vagos chapter President and as the Sergeant at Arms for the San Bernardino Chapter.
Beltran was one of 25 Vagos arrested in March 2006 as part of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) called “Operation 22 Green.” The “operation” used approximately 700 federal and local cops to arrest the two dozen Vagos and seize 95 guns, two motorcycles, a small amount of drugs and $6,000 in cash.
Beltran was arrested that day, charged with possessing a firearm while on parole and wound up in the California Institution for Men in Chino. He was implicated in Daoussis’ murder by an informant and arrested on that charge on September 20, 2007.
Digging Up Bones
“The case kind of hit a dead end,” Detective Mylar told the Riverside Press-Enterprise then. “Witnesses and people who knew witnesses were afraid of retaliation if they were to offer any help to us.” But because “of strained relationships and the passing of time, people once connected to the Vagos gang began to talk.”
Beltran has not yet been tried for the murder. He also faces a “gang enhancement” for allegedly committing the crime on behalf of the Vagos.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriffs, someone with knowledge of the Vagos eventually talked about Keith Silva, too. A Sheriff’s Department press officer named Cindy Beavers said investigators “were able to identify Silva and track him down” because of “the aid of numerous witnesses and callers who provided information.”