Vagos Angels Accused

August 22, 2010

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The escalating hard feelings between members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and the Vagos Motorcycle Club erupted into gunfire early Saturday afternoon in Chino Valley, Arizona.

Multiple news outlets are reporting the fight took place near a gray, two story, stucco house in 2600 the block of Yuma Drive around noon. Yuma Drive is about a mile west of Route 89. Chino Valley is a mostly rural, incorporated area about 50 miles south of Ash Fork and about 25 miles north of Prescott.

The Hells Angels Skull Valley Charter had a clubhouse in Chino Valley. That charter was apparently decertified after Operation Black Biscuit. Black Biscuit was an ATF investigation that attempted to entrap and incriminate as many Hells Angels as possible. During that investigation, an ATF Special Agent named Jay Anthony Dobyns and a paid, confidential informant named James “Pops” Blankenship prospected with the Skull Valley charter. Blankenship has characterized that investigation as a morally reprehensible “rogue” operation. Both Dobyns and Blankenship later sued the ATF.

Five men were injured in yesterday’s fight. One man was treated at the scene and released. Another man was carried out of the Yuma Drive home on a stretcher and helicoptered to a hospital in Phoenix. Residents identified the home as the long time residence of a member of the Hells Angels.


After the grey eminence of the Hells Angels, Ralph “Sonny” Barger retired to suburban Phoenix, the most respected motorcycle club in that state, the Dirty Dozen Motorcycle Club, patched over to Barger’s club and the Angels have vigorously asserted their preeminence in Arizona ever since.

Both the Vagos and the Hells Angels are respectfully regarded one percenter clubs with chapters in California and Nevada. The Angels and the Vagos are sometimes rumored to have negotiated an agreement in the late 90s that would keep the Vagos out of Arizona. It was a quid pro quo agreement that some observers allege the Angels violated.

Consequently, relations between the two clubs have been less cordial that they could be. For example in June 2009, according to police, five Hells Angels and two Desert Road Riders attacked two Vagos at Lazy Harry’s Sunshine Saloon in Bullhead City. Six months later, Vagos and Hells Angels were reported to have brawled in a parking lot in mellow Santa Cruz, California. The Bullhead City brawl prompted a six month long campaign of police harassment against all bikers in Mojave County, Arizona.

Late last year, Barger led a large pack of bikes into Kingman, putatively, to challenge a local no-colors policy. Barger was actually cited for speeding during that run and briefly detained when he refused to sign the ticket. In early December, the Arizona Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (G.II.T.E.M. – pronounced Git-em) and the Coconino, Yavapai and Mohave County Sheriffs and the Kingman, Flagstaff, Lake Havasu and Bullhead City Police carried out a series of dramatic raids and arrested seven men for felony riot for allegedly being in Lazy Harry’s Sunshine Saloon at the time of the fight.

Yesterday’s Shooting

News reports are characterizing yesterday’s shooting as part of an “ongoing power struggle in northwestern Arizona between the Vagos and Hells Angels.”

Kim Stam, manager of a bar in Chino Valley, told the ABC affiliate in Phoenix that the shooting was “between members of the Hells Angels and Vagos motorcycle clubs” and that members “of each club live right around the corner from each other.”

“This has been coming for a long time,” Stam said. “They want this to be their town, one of them.”

An unnamed woman who lives near the shooting told the Prescott Daily Courier that she “saw two men on motorcycles, although one of them did not seem to know how to ride, traveling on Yuma. Moments later, she said she witnessed a black SUV driving backwards after the bikers.

“Once the struggling rider was able to get his bike going, she said he then stopped because he saw his buddies drive by in a white four-door Chevy truck.”

According to the witness, the struggling rider said, “Somebody just stole my bike. Give me a gun.”

The woman told the Courier she later heard four gunshots.

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20 Responses to “Vagos Angels Accused”

  1. Shirley Says:

    I believe the word retired is NOT correct..Correct would be moved to AZ..Angels do not retire…At least I have never seen one do it in over 50 years…

  2. TigGirl Says:

    Rebel, Thank You, again.

    SOS Mike is well respected in many circles. He’s good people.


  3. Rebel Says:

    Dear KK,


    Wildwood! South Philadelphia in the summer time!


  4. not-a-hippie Says:

    “…although one of them did not seem to know how to ride, traveling on Yuma. Moments later, she said she witnessed a black SUV driving backwards after the bikers.”

    bwahahahahaha! Great fun in the sun!

    thanks for still being here, Reb.

  5. KK Says:

    Rebel can you change my name to KK before posting it to the board on my last post? thanks C**** aka KK

  6. KK Says:

    Rebel, Hey nice to read your articles here in Philly. Just wanted to give ya a nod and let you know I have been trying to behave and all is good man. I am really enjoying a real pillow now instead of a bible book to lay my head down on. Looking forward to the Wildwood run here in a few weeks. Have a g1. PFFP Free Bart!

  7. YYZ Skinhead Says:


    It took me a few minutes to figure it out but it’s genius, isn’t it?

    Welcome back Rebel. Folks round here missed you.

    YYZ Skinhead

  8. BigV Says:

    I knew about Road Dog cycles, but I sure didn’t know that Cefalu was the Agent who testified that the investigation was dirty. I honestly thought that the whole stolen bikes investigation was almost as ridiculous as the earlier investigation into whether or not Bob was justified in killing the dude who tried to rob his store.

    I kept up with the RD trial through the Modesto Bee, but as usual, I learned more here… Thanks for the education.

    And, I’m still upset that all of Road Dog Cycle’s ’85 Shovelhead Mexican Police bikes haven’t shown up at any government auctions. I have been watching…

  9. Rebel Says:

    Dear Big V,

    This is a story about Vinnie Cefalu. Vince Cefalu was a case agent in the investigation of Road Dog Cycles as a racket. To make a long story short, the owner of Road Dog Cycles was a former cop, the investigation was dirty as ATF investigations are always dirty and Cefalu objected to playing dirty with a former fellow cop. So he sang. If it had been a Mongol, Angel, Vago, Pagan, Son, Bandido or Outlaw, I am sure Cefalu would have been cool with it.

    Cefalu is now an outcast among his fellow ATF Agents, it looks like to me. He is still getting paid though. With benefits, he is probably pulling about $165K a year. But, nobody recognizes him for the fucking hero he thinks he is. I think that is his problem. All these guys seem to think they are heros. I know any number of combat veterans who will tell you a hero ain’t nothing but a sandwich.


  10. BigV Says:

    Apparently, CNN is running a story about retaliation against ATF agents, by the ATF. I wonder if Byrd is going to make his quota and appear ?

  11. 1% John VFFV Says:

    Thanks for putting no spin on what happened good writing!

  12. Mike 1%er SFFS Says:

    Thank You Both “Detroit Dutch” and “The Aging Rebel”…!!!

    I do enjoy your prospective on the Motorcycle Community… Getting the real story about events out…!!!

    Thank you for Sharing…!!!

  13. BigV Says:

    Very nice to see you back, sir.

  14. Ride Says:

    Dear Rebel,

    You owned land south of Canon City? I love that part of the state; nice ridin’ out there.

    I attended the annual Salute to Veterans Rally in Cripple Creek this weekend; the weather was perfect and a great turnout…fun was had by all.

    Much respect and admiration.

  15. Detroit Dutch Says:

    Could you also thank the “The Aging Rebel” for his comments and his ok to re-publish his articles (for the BBB Newsletter) … I like the way he writes and how he gets the real story out there; Not the one the News Media which is influenced via the Law Enforcement Community puts out…!!!!

    Feel free to forward him this e-mail….

    Mike SFFS 1%ER

    Mission Accomplished Aye Aye Sir!

    Detroit Dutch

  16. Rebel Says:

    Dear Dutch,

    Thanks for your kind words. I have always pretty much got along with Sons for decades. At one time I had a little piece of land south of Canon City and spent a fair amount of time in the Springs. Mike 1% can identify me any way he wants. As for the story, I just thought it was something I had to cover because the national news was all over it, and I just thought I had to try to do a job that wasn’t completely half-assed. No thing. I tried to be discrete. I did not want to mention anything that some cop or ATF Agent did not already know or think.

    Peace and respect to all.

    your pal,

  17. RVN69 Says:

    Thanks for your update on the situation in AZ. Since the majority of the information is coming from “Law Enforcement” and “Reporters”, I’m not going to make any judgements until you are able to give us the real story at some future date. Good luck with the book!

    Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.

    “300,000 yankees is stiff in southern dust, we got 300,000 before they conquered us, they died of southern fever and southern steel and shot, I wish they was 3,000,000 instead of what we got” from “I’m a good ole rebel” by Maj. Innes Randolph, Confederate veteran of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s staff.

  18. C8652 Says:

    That is one good picture. Perfect.



  19. Detroit Dutch Says:

    Thanks Reb for probably the best job of deciphering this whole mess in the desert. You know I got over 75 hits on this topic with my “news tickler.” Everyone from The Sun Shopper to the Christian Science Monitor attempted to report on it, but nothing like the piece you have just provided.

    I’ll sent it over to S.O.S. Mike 1%er. Is there some history between you and him? Every time he posts one of your articles he always uses “editorial” instead of a legitimate news reporter?

    Like I said above this was the best article I have read about the incident and the most in-depth with new items like; the charter being pulled, a struggling rider, the SUV involved, and various quotes before the shooting.

    We are lucky to have you as a legitimate source for biker news and hopefully a screen play/book in the future!

    Detroit Dutch


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