Sparks Murder Suspect In Custody

October 1, 2011

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Last Thursday night a campus cop at the University of California at San Francisco arrested Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, 53, (photo above) for the murder of Hells Angel San Jose charter President Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, 51. Gonzalez is a member of the San Jose chapter of the Vagos Motorcycle Club.

Gonzalez was sitting in a parked Chevrolet Malibu with Washington state license plates about a block from the UCSF police station. He cooperated with the arresting officer and was taken into custody without incident. Afterward authorities gloated both that Gonzalez was very dangerous and that police had saved his life.

The arrest culminated a rough week for both the Vagos and the Hells Angels. Pettigrew died as a result of wounds suffered in a fight between what police have described as 60 Vagos and 12 Hells Angels near Trader Dick’s Lounge at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada on September 23. Two Vagos, Leonard Ramirez and Diego Garcia were also shot during the altercation.

A Hells Angel named Cesar Villagrana was arrested at the scene on firearms related charges. Villagrana is being held in the Washoe County Jail on $500,000 bail. According to police, he has made no statements about the incident. The morning after Pettigrew’s death a Vago named Shane Smith was also shot while he rode his motorcycle near the casino in Sparks.

What Police Say

According to police, surveillance video taken during the fight shows Pettigrew “punching a Vagos member and then drawing a handgun as well and pistol whipping several subjects just prior to the exchange of gunfire.” Additional police statements describe Gonzalez walking up behind Pettigrew with a handgun while Pettigrew was fighting two Vagos.

Pettigrew was shot four times in the back and died at a Reno hospital of gunshot and stab wounds. Pettigrew lost one leg after a motorcycle accident 20 years ago. His police record was relatively clean. It consisted of one misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

There is no acknowledged connection by any source between the shooting September 23 and the shooting the next morning but public officials, who have done everything possible short of handing out nuclear weapons to entice the two motorcycle clubs to exterminate each other, tried to draw one. Sparks Police Sergeant Greta Woyciehowsky told reporters yesterday about the Smith shooting, “We had an individual that was dressed out in Vagos attire, in the color green, riding on a motorcycle and the people come up next to him in a car and shoot at him five times. I think you can reasonably assume that was an act of retaliation.”

According to Woyciehowsky, Gonzalez had just arrived in Sparks the day of the shooting. He was videotaped with other Vagos at a gas station in Applegate, California on his way to Sparks. A First Degree Murder warrant was issued for his arrest less than 12 hours before he was apprehended.

Blathering Clowns

So far, facts have been difficult to separate from blather in this case.

Apparently, Washoe County, Nevada has a “counterterrorism unit” and the head of it, an Assistant Sheriff named Marshall Emerson was quoted in northern Nevada papers as saying, “In this particular case there was no credible information to indicate the event that had occurred was about to occur. If there was we would have taken immediate action to prevent that.”

Meanwhile, the San Jose Mercury-News quoted a San Jose police spokesman named Larry Day as saying, “In the outlaw motorcycle gang culture, Jeff Pettigrew was a local icon in San Jose, a very well-respected member within the ranks of the Hells Angels. This incident could definitely result in retaliation against the Vagos, and a full-blown war that may result in deadly violence in San Jose and throughout California.”

The clown-in-chief and principal crusader for a “full-blown war” has been a moron Nazi named Richard Gammick who, unfortunately, is the District Attorney who will prosecute the murder case against Gonzalez.

Blathering Clown In Chief

In 1999, Gammick ordered raids on newsrooms in Reno to search for evidence in another high profile case. The search warrants issued in those incidents were illegal and blatantly intended to intimidate local journalists. The raids violated the federal Privacy Protection Act of 1980 which forbids federal, state and local police from searching or seizing the “work product” and documentary materials of reporters, broadcasters and authors.

Despite that federal law, Gammick successfully trained journalists in and around Reno to repeat statements like: “If we’ve been able to identify him (meaning Gonzalez), there’s no doubt the Santa Clara Hells Angels chapter has been able to, too. He’s probably hiding out in a very small space.”

And, “What do you think is going to happen if the Hells Angels get their hands on him?”


While Gammick seemed determined to make Pettigrew’s death the inciting incident in an action movie titled Richard Gammick Saves Reno From Bikers, people who actually knew Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew were too immersed in grief to enact their revenge on Gonzalez.

In a nice piece of work, Sean Webby of the Mercury-News talked to some of them.

Hans Larsen, Pettigrew’s boss at the San Jose Department of Transportation, told Webby he didn’t know or care that Pettigrew was a Hell’s Angel. “We have many employees who are motorcycle enthusiasts. What they do in their private lives doesn’t concern us as long as it doesn’t affect their work. From what I am hearing he was a nice person with a good attitude, very professional in his work and he did it well.”

Webby also talked to Pettigrew’s daughter, Summer Jean Pettigrew. When Jethro Pettigrew died he had his daughter’s name tattooed on his wrist. “He was always there for me – if I broke up with someone or I lost my job or I had a flat tire or my hair color turned out wrong,” Summer Pettigrew said. “It wasn’t this big scary biker with a Tony Soprano mentality. He took me to my first Britney Spears concert. By himself. Wearing his Hells Angels stuff. And he knew the songs.”



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38 Responses to “Sparks Murder Suspect In Custody”

  1. RVN69 Says:

    “Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean that they aren’t out to get you.” I believe that we will see much more of these attempts to stir confict between clubs. Various Federal, State and Local law enforcement officials will make numerous outlandish claims in an attempt to forment an incident between clubs, that can be exploited for headlines.

    My feeling is that this is being pushed by the ATF, they are currently trying to push 10lbs of shit back into a 5lb bag, Operation Gun Runner and Operation Fast and Furious are doing a slow burn, and as more information leaks out more ATF and Justice Dept asses are at risk. Slowly more and more new organizations are starting to develope an interest in these operations that led to over 2000 weapons being delivered to Mexican drug cartels while the ATF, Justice and the DEA either just watched, or actively assisted, at least 2 American citizens and untold Mexican citizens have died as a result and the body count is just starting. ATF, Justice and DEA desperately need something to take the spotlight off them and put it on somebody, anybody else. We are a reliable target. We are very possibly going to see increased raids with the prerequist press conference replete with colors, guns and drugs and an stepped up attempt to foster conflict between clubs, any club, any where, but the major 1% clubs will be preferable.

    Honesta Mors, Turpi Vita Potior.

  2. @nonymous Says:

    Seein my brother up there heats me up. Fitst degree murder? Unacceptable. Memotial to an arrogant pistol whipping loudmouth that knew he shoulda been at the eldorado w his boys? Total bullshit. Green had sparks at the nugget. Pink had the eldorado and reno. Cmon rebel, they were assholes, puffed up, and got slapped. Their arrogance doesnt work w us.

  3. Shyster Says:

    The pigs have been instigating and perpetuating feuds between real street gangs for decades. Their underhanded trickery will persist indefinitely as long as we as citizens believe anything that comes out of a pigs ass (mouth).


  4. BigV Says:

    If Sparks proves one thing, hitting reset isn’t going to do a goddamn thing.

    Thanks for the update sled tramp.


  5. @nonymous Says:

    Wish someone would blow out that fucking candle…..

  6. Not a Member Says:

    @nonymous If I was in a club I would wear Pink Before Piss Green anytime. Fuck your brother. Four in the back. Yea your tough.

  7. Not a Member Says:

    @nonymous. You sound like the pussy Jammer who was talking shit.

  8. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    This is specifically for “Not a member” AKA “An Angel”

    (from the Topics page forum “Vagos Targeted In Sweep”.)

    Who are you ? Are you a member or not?

    I’m pretty damn sure you and I discussed this once before in the Topics forum, and I indicated that if in fact a wrong was done during the Delano trial I said I would do everything I could to make it right.

    That obviously wasn’t good enough you had to continue mixing the the bucket with a fucking oar. Now If in fact you are who you said you were then stop talking shit. I know who you are, just as you know who the idiot old man that hasn’t died yet is.

    Don’t disrespect a patch on the internet regardless of what you think or feel personally, it’s not honorable and like I said before club business is club business it has no place being discussed on this level on the web.

    I make every attempt not to bad mouth or degrade any club on the web if I have a issue that club they will know face to face not by me being a keyboard jockey fuckhead.

    Now let’s figure this shit out privately

    VFFV LVDV Viva Los Vagos

  9. Philo Says:

    “There is no acknowledged connection by any source between the shooting September 23 and the shooting the next morning but public officials, who have done everything possible short of handing out nuclear weapons to entice the two motorcycle clubs to exterminate each other, tried to draw one.”

    This my friend, is good writing. Good on you Rebel. You now join Mark Styen as the only other writer who can make me laugh while reading something that’s not funny.


  10. @nonymous Says:

    Not a member, ur a pink dick licker. Wow, now the pink guys are shooting their own. Nice. Four in the back? Not so cupcake, not so.

  11. @nonymous Says:

    Not a member…….ur a lame ass punk

  12. NeverForget Says:

    Fuck you bitch green cowards always runing your dick suckers

  13. NeverForget Says:

    why dont you step out from behind the keyboard you fag i would love to meet you

  14. Rebel Says:

    Dear NeverForget,

    I am a little confused. Am I the fag you want to step out from behind his keyboard or somebody else?


  15. NeverForget Says:

    No I am speakinig to anonymous …… Cant stand fucking punks that run there mouth how long you been a vago anyway ?

  16. Not Surprised Says:

    Never Forget, you don’t even do a decent imitation………..

  17. NeverForget Says:

    No imitation people dont like when someone runs there mouth about dead brothers simple especially when they are yours so unless you have a problem mind your fucking business…..

  18. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Do people actually think running their big mouth on the internet is doing to gain anyone mileage with this current mess?

    The reality is this…

    Cooler heads must get their people together on both sides of a conflict, have church and tell their chapter if they are caught talking shit or disrespecting another Club or patch holder on the internet they will be center punched (patch pulled) period regardless of their years in the Club.

    And then have each chapter member spread the word to the prospects, hang-arounds, associates and anyone else in the Clubs circle, if your fucking caught your done no more your down the damn road.

    Then and maybe then we’ll get the capital “R” back in the word respect.

    Nuff said

    VFFV LVDV Viva Los Vagos

  19. NeverForget Says:

    The reality is this shit is far from over and if you think your brother has any fuckin honor for the shit he has said about my brother your fucking delusional …… You wanna talk that shit its so much more fun in person anytime, anyplace any fuckin where…… There is a little saying for you punks to consider….

  20. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    For one I have no idea who’s who on this site, but I do know who is on the other end of this keyboard and I assure you I am who my name states.

    I also know that no matter how I choose to respond to your post it will only further the fire you brought to me so with that said.

    Have a lovely day

    VFFV LVDV Viva Los Vagos

  21. NeverForget Says:

    Understandable but I can assure you as real as you are so am I… Hope to see you and you boy anonymous real fucking soon so we can continue the conversation.

  22. Rebel Says:

    Dear NeverForget,

    Look, Brandon. I don’t know what clubs are in Pioche, Nevada but I suspect you might, maybe be getting in over your head here. Now you can stay and talk for a little while but I suggest you might want to tone your shit down a couple of clicks. Okay?


  23. Not Surprised Says:

    Never Forget, fuck you.

  24. NeverForget Says:

    Pretty sure I am well aware of my name and location thanks for reminding me rebel , just so you know I am far from worried.

  25. Not Surprised Says:

    You are far from being a Hells Angel too

  26. NeverForget Says:

    Really i had no idea you had the roster

  27. Not Surprised Says:

    Well either you are or you aren’t. No sense keeping us in suspense right?

  28. Rebel Says:

    Dear Never Forget,

    All due respect. Take a break. Go smoke a bone.

    There are three guys with your name in Nevada. There are four one percenter clubs in Nevada. For all I know you are all three guys and you are President of all four clubs.

    You know what I did today? I tried to talk a reporter at a major paper out of pursuing this current unpleasantness amongst the Vagos and the Angels and the Angels because I think no good can come of it and I think the cops are exploiting this situation to their own advantage.

    Then. BAM, you appear — typing, typing typing. You are just a little intense for me tonight partner. You can come back tomorrow.


  29. Not Surprised Says:

    Lol Rebel……….

  30. Rebel Says:

    Dear NeverForget,

    Okay. I know who you are now. I have even seen you on videotape. You can come back.


  31. NeverForget Says:

    I have said what needs to be said have a good night

  32. Shyster Says:


    Please tell me you don’t have video of me! I know it went viral but I swear she consented.


  33. Rebel Says:

    Dear Shyster,

    I have that video. I put it on when I have trouble sleeping.


  34. Craven Says:

    OK let me understand…One HA Prez fighting er “pistol whipping” two Vagos?? Then gets shot in the back by another Vago? No evidence of these other Vagos having guns? Don’t know how it works in NV, but where I live a man with a gun in hand committing a crime against my “family” and I shoot him whereevr and however I have to in order to stop his felonious attack…sounds like justifiable defense to me.

  35. Shyster Says:


    The defense is “of others” and it is a legal defense in Nevada.


  36. Not Surprised Says:

    Shyster, far be it from me to argue law with a lawyer. I don’t know if Nevada has the “duty to flee” stipulation to that sort of defense, but I AM fairly certain that the first tier to satisy would be legal possesion of the handgun.

  37. Shyster Says:

    Not Surprised,

    You may be right. I am only licensed in California but a good friend practices criminal defense in NV and I shall ask.


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